No doubting Hull desire – Dowie

Hull could have made a big step towards safety last weekend at home

to relegation rivals Burnley but let an early lead slip at the KC

Stadium. The Tigers ended up suffering a 4-1 setback – Burnley’s

first away win of the season – which left the two sides four points

behind fourth-placed West Ham, with Dowie’s men having a game in

hand on both Burnley and West Ham. Hull’s capitulation led some

fans to question the team’s desire and although Dowie has no

concerns, he has told his players they must show they have the

spirit to beat the drop at Birmingham on Saturday. “I don’t see

people not caring, not at all,” Dowie told the Hull Daily Mail. “I

understand where fans are coming from. We’ve got to understand this

is a working-class area and the minimum people require is to see

players put a shift in – and rightly so. “Things like phone-ins can

bring 1,000 different opinions but there’s a great majority of the

players here that care. “I’ve not seen any uncaring attitudes. I

wouldn’t accept it on the training pitch or on the field on a

weekend. “But we must show a caring and passionate display at

Birmingham. We can talk all we want, we’ve got to go and put it

into practice and provide a response.”