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Hull deserved to stay up - Brown


We deserve to stay up - Brown

Manager Phil Brown insisted Hull retained their Premier League status on merit, despite their survival coming as a result of defeats for their rivals.

Newcastle's loss at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough's defeat by West Ham meant Hull's 1-0 reverse at home to Manchester United was irrelevant.

Brown said: "We absolutely deserved to stay up and have a second year in the Premier League.

"We got more points than the bottom three clubs - it is a simple as that."

Hull knew they had their fate in their own hands going into the match with United but they were unable to be masters of it by securing a victory that would have guaranteed their safety.

Fortunately for the Tigers, who went down to a superb goal from United youngster Darron Gibson, Newcastle and Middlesbrough could not take advantage.

What we lacked in outright quality we had to make up for in blood, guts and commitment

Hul chairman Paul Duffen

Brown added: "It is the biggest thing I have ever done in my football career. Promotion to the Premier League last year was fantastic but this is absolutely brilliant.

"It was a strange afternoon. They scored a wonder goal from just outside the box.

"Once we went behind we always had a mountain to climb - especially against the quality of Manchester United's team - no-one can question the quality of their line-up."

Chairman Paul Duffen insists Hull will learn from their first season in the Premier League as they start preparations for the next campaign.

Duffen told BBC Radio Five Live: "We limped across the line but we did it and now we've got the chance to learn from our first campaign, strengthen in the summer, and go forward next year a lot wiser."

Hull's survival was as much down to the woeful form of the Magpies and Boro as it was to their own performances.

The Tigers, who had taken 20 points from their first nine-top flight games, won only one of their last 22 games, picking up a miserly eight points out of a possible 66.

But their early-season form proved crucial as they avoided the drop by one point.


"We came in and we were written off along with Stoke," stated Duffen.

"We were obviously going to have a lightweight squad because we were a newly promoted side.

"What we lacked in outright quality we had to make up for in blood, guts and commitment and I'm immensely proud that they got across the line."

Duffen is now preparing for a busy summer of transfer activity as his side looks forward to a second Premier League campaign.

A striker is top of his wish list as Hull scored only 39 goals all season.

"We go into next year with the squad we've got today and we can improve on that. That's a huge difference to having to assemble an entire Premier League squad from scratch," he said.

"We're based on a very good work ethic and you need to add a bit of quality to that and we know we need a couple of goalscorers.

"We've been a bit light on goals and I've got no problems if we have a good crack at trying to strengthen that area."

Duffen added: "It is a perfect birthday present for Phil Brown - he turns 50 next weekend and he said he wanted to still be a Premier League manager when he was 50.

"To know that we are looking forward to our second top-flight campaign in 106 years is massive. Look at the fans and around the city and you can see what it means. It is absolutely fantastic.

"I also want to thanks the fans, home and away, who have been brilliant."

And goalkeeper Boaz Myhill commented: "We now start next season exactly the same as we did last year but we've got another year's experience of it and hopefully that will stand us in good stead."

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