Brown backs O'Neill's 'crisis' talk

BY foxsports • January 14, 2010

Rafael Benitez is currently feeling the heat after Liverpool's poor season got even worse with the FA Cup defeat to Reading on Wednesday night. Brown himself was under immense pressure earlier this season before a string of good home performances in October and November lifted his side up the table. But the Hull boss has backed O'Neill's belief that a manager can be under pressure after just two defeats. He told Sky Sports News: "I think it has been an interesting first half of the season because there have been some tremendous highs and there have been some tremendous lows as well and none more so than myself being put under a lot of personal pressure with regards to my position. "And I noticed Martin O'Neill in the newspapers today came out with 'every manager in the Premier League, because of the pressure that we're under, every manager in the Premier League is two defeats away from a crisis'. "Now, when you put that into perspective, he is absolutely spot-on - even Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa, even Harry Redknapp at Tottenham - because everybody's got their own agenda, whether you're in a relegation battle, you need to stay in the Premier League, whether you want to be in the middle of the Premier League, whether you want to get into Europe or even the Champions League. "So we've all got our own agendas and we're all under that kind of pressure but you know, two games away from a crisis, it makes it such an interesting season and none more so than the first half." While the Tigers are currently in the Premier League drop zone, Brown believes there is still everything to play for and his side must give it their all. He added: "The second half, for me, I think we've got to be brave. I think we've got games where they'll be tough games, it doesn't matter how we play - if Tottenham say for instance bring their best game to the table it's going to be tough day at the office, same with Manchester United, same with Chelsea. "But then you've got a whole host of games, at either the KC Stadium or away from home, where we know if we put our best foot forward, we've got a chance of winning."

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