Opposition View: Hull City

By SFC Media Sat 05 Nov Hull vs Saints

Mike Phelan says his side will have to be at their competitive best to beat Southampton when the sides meet on Sunday at KCOM Stadium.

Hull City lost away at Watford last time out in the Premier League and are hoping to avoid losing seven league games in a row for the first time since October 1980.

But Phelan feels, with that unwanted record looming, it could prove to be a source of motivation for his players, who performed well at Vicarage Road.

“It could be a club record one way, but when we look back not too long ago, we set a club record starting in the Premier League as well," he said.

“We’ve proved we can win games at this level and the players are aware that when they’re competitive we can give everyone a game.

“We’re under no illusions of the task and what’s demanded at this level. It’s important we’re at home and we have the opportunity to show our worth and get a result.

“It’s a case of building on what has happened previously. We’ve been up and down in the past few weeks but I thought we showed real determination at Watford.”

The Tigers boss was an interested observer as Saints defeated Internazionale on a famous night at St Mary’s, on Thursday.

He added: “They have a squad comparable to any top team in the Premier League. They made five changes against Inter and I’m sure it wasn’t in preparation to play us on Sunday, but it gave them the opportunity to do that because of the size, the numbers and the quality they’ve got.

“I watched the game, it was interesting, and they’re a club that’s on the up and a team that is playing very well.

“We will have to be at our best to be competitive.”

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