Brown hopes Hull's revival of confidence continues

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Hull City manager Phil Brown feels his side go into tonight's match at home to Everton with "renewed confidence". Uplifting performances and results in the last two games have transformed the mood at the KC Stadium after a dismal start to the season.

Hull secured only their third win of 2009 against Stoke earlier in the month and then came from 2-0 down to lead before drawing 3-3 with West Ham on Saturday.

The points gained from those games have lifted the Tigers out of the Premier League relegation zone and Brown now wants to maintain the momentum. He said: "We will pick a team that is full of renewed confidence and hopefully we can put our best foot forward.

"The fans have been fantastic and got right behind the team in their hour of need. And it's reciprocal. We are now setting out with that renewed confidence to create problems for Everton and if we do that the crowd will get behind us. Everton haven't had the greatest of starts by their standards but they are difficult to play against.

"They are a threat. They are in Europe for a reason and they have a strikeforce that is capable of scoring goals. It is going to be a difficult night, no doubt about it, but with the ball, as I say, there is a renewed confidence."

Hull will make one enforced change with Bernard Mendy suspended following his red card on Saturday. Paul McShane is set to replace him at full-back while Boaz Myhill will hope to play in goal after overcoming a knee injury.