Dowie rallying ‘wounded animal’

The Tigers find themselves four points adrift of Premier League

safety after last weekend’s KC Stadium horror show against Burnley.

Brian Laws’ side arrived in Hull on the back of a thrashing against

Manchester City and still searching for their first away win of the

season, but came from behind to triumph 4-1 and move above their

opponents. Now Dowie wants his side to show similar fight as they

look to break their own away duck at St Andrew’s. He said: “Goals

change games and change the fragility of people’s confidence. The

second half was abject in terms of our response, in terms of the

way we passed it; our ability to come back from disappointment

wasn’t good enough and our all-round play wasn’t of a standard I

expect or will accept. “I had a chat with the lads after the game

in more heated terms and another chat on Tuesday in more reflective

terms but still with a huge amount of anger and disappointment.

“They had to be told what I expected of them, what I expect going

forward and the extent of what it means to the region to stay in

the Premier League. “There’s been an edge to training. I like

people who come with a positive attitude and also train with a real

intensity and we’ve seen that. “It must be a huge response from us.

At 3pm we need to show we’re a wounded animal, play with a great

deal of intensity under pressure. Burnley had a response and we

must have a similar one.” Dowie, though, denied he and his staff

had been summoned to a meeting with chairman Adam Pearson, saying:

“It’s absolutely, totally untrue. It’s just scaremongering. I had a

meeting with the players on Tuesday morning, that was it.” The

former Crystal Palace and Coventry boss revealed he will make

changes to the side – turning to players he believes will show the

required fighting spirit. “Where we go is we get back to playing

with desire, playing with care, playing with a degree of quality,

playing to our gameplan but playing with our eyeballs out,” he

continued. “Nothing will stop us outworking Birmingham, no one can

stop us out-running Birmingham, out-heading Birmingham,

out-tackling them. “Hopefully, as we’ve shown against Fulham and

Portsmouth, we can play as well. But that’s the key element, win

the battles that we control and hopefully our football will out.

“We’ve finished the discussion and how we go forward is them

showing they care in training. The ones that show me that will be

in the team. “Saturday night I could have picked a totally

different team outside (captain) George (Boateng) and maybe one

other but, on reflection and given the options I have, it’s fair to

say there’ll be some changes.” Saturday is the start of a week that

will go a long way to shaping Hull’s destiny, with Aston Villa and

Sunderland due to visit the KC Stadium in the following seven days.

Dowie said: “We’ve got to start the week in the right fashion. If

we can get some points on the board at Birmingham, it really does

set us up. “We’ve got two home games and our home form has been

good. We’ve got it all to play for. “Villa and Sunderland are

difficult games but there’s no reason we can’t get three points on

the board in either of them. “There’s 15 points to play for. Given

our form over the year, no one’s going to say we’re going to get 15

out of 15. “But I’m of a positive nature and, if we’ve got a degree

of desire, enthusiasm and understanding what it’s about for this

region to stay in the Premier League, we’ll get a reaction.”