Tigers fans banking on Brown staying put
Hull City 2 Middlesbrough 1
Monday 08 December 2008
No wonder Phil Brown is being linked with the managerial vacancy at Sunderland. After all, anyone who can officially open a bank in the middle of the credit crunch, as Hull City's manager did last week, is clearly a man to command respect.
A number of Hull fans attended the bank's opening and the same question was on all their lips: would Brown leave if offered the chance to manage Sunderland, the club he supported as a boy? After Saturday's victory at the KC Stadium he chose his words carefully but gave no indication that he has any plans other than to build on his remarkable work in taking Hull to fifth in the Premier League table.
From the moment Roy Keane walked away from the Stadium of Light, Brown must have known that speculation about himself and Sunderland would be inevitable.
Brown said he hoped the Sunderland issue would not become a distraction from his own task at Hull, where he has an excellent rapport with his chairman, Paul Duffen. "The relationship with the chairman is always a major factor in any manager's career," Brown said. "The bond between the chairman and the manager has to be the strongest link in the club. It is here and long may it continue."
Hull had gone into this match having drawn their previous three games and lost the three before that. It was typical of Brown's positive approach that he saw the victory as a fourth successive unbeaten match rather than the end of a run of six without a win. "It was important that we got the win to cement our position in the top six," he added. "That's a lovely phrase to come out with at this stage of the season."
While Hull may lack the class of those around them, nobody can doubt their spirit. For the first 20 minutes Middlesbrough's youngsters threatened to pull Brown's team apart with their fluent passing, but Michael Turner and Kamil Zayatte soon took charge at the centre of the Hull defence.
This was the sixth Premier League match Hull have won or drawn after going behind. Their response to Tuncay Sanli's back-heeled opener after 79 minutes was exemplary, even if their goals possessed an element of luck.
Bernard Mendy's shot hit a post and rebounded into the net off Ross Turnbull, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, before David Wheater was harshly punished when Geovanni went down in the penalty area. Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, thought Geovanni had been offside in the build-up and saw "minimal contact" from his defender, who was shown the red card. Marlon King converted the penalty.
Middlesbrough had not lost away from home for nearly three months, but this was the fourth time this season they have lost in the league after taking the lead. "When you go ahead at that stage you expect to win," Southgate said. "Obviously, the key was keeping that lead longer than we did, but we were naïve in the way we played for the next 90 seconds."
Goals: Tuncay (79) 0-1; Turnbull (82 og) 1-1; King (85 pen) 2-1.
Hull City (4-4-2): Myhill; McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts; Marney (Mendy, 61), Boateng, Ashbee, Barmby (Cousin, 61); King, Geovanni (Halmosi, 86). Substitutes not used: Duke (gk), Windass, Garcia, Giannakopoulos.
Middlesbrough (4-4-2): Turnbull; Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor; Aliadière, Digard (Hines, 87), Arca, Downing; Alves, Tuncay. Substitutes not used: Jones (gk), Emnes, Johnson, McMahon, Grounds, Walker.
Referee: S Tanner (Somerset).
Bookings: Hull Ashbee; Middlesbrough Tuncay.
Sent off: Middlesbrough Wheater.
Man of the match: Turner.
Latest in Sport
Ben Stokes and the strangest injuries in sport
Daniel Sturridge reveals Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is 'very demanding'
Michael Schumacher: Sebastian Vettel pays tribute to F1 legend with special helmet for Australian Grand Prix
Manchester United v Liverpool: How will rivals handle European role reversal?
Nicholas Anelka sacked by West Bromwich Albion: Parting is such tweet sorrow for French striker
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Sailor who kissed a nurse in famous WWII photograph dies aged 86
- 3 Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your scrolling
- 4 Istanbul protesters take 'Ellen selfie' from the back of a police van
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'