Brown sends warning to Tigers stars

BY foxsports • February 19, 2010

The Tigers have yet to win on their travels this campaign and consequently find themselves only a point above the bottom three ahead of Saturday's crunch clash with West Ham. The Hammers are also on 24 points and victory at Upton Park would give Brown's side a valuable cushion as they look to avoid relegation for a second consecutive year. He said: "With six (away) games to go we have to draw on what we actually picked up last year - a 2-1 win at the Emirates, a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane, a 2-1 win at Newcastle. Those are reference points to winning at this level. "Everybody said our home form was the reason why we only just survived, this year it's the away form and we have to make sure the last six games we change that thought process." Hull have only picked up four points from their 13 away games this season and may be facing West Ham at the wrong time, with Gianfranco Zola's side coming off the back of a 2-0 victory against high-flying Birmingham. Brown continued: "They'll be buoyed by the fact they've just had a tremendous win and he plays good football, Gianfranco. "He's stuck by his principles and we know it's going to be a good game of football and it's up to us to make sure we join in. "It's a mouthwatering game, as are the next 12. A lot of people will be looking at the away form and suggesting we're not going to get any points away from home but they're all opportunities to get something." Brown believes the tussle at the bottom of the table will come down to a mental battle, and he believes his players have what it takes. "There's a collective belief in the camp that this club is going to be a Premier League club for a third year running," he said. "We're looking forward to the challenge at the end of the season rather than fearing it. "It's like snakes and ladders. You go up the ladders when you win and you slide down the snakes when you get beat. And that's how close it is. "You're looking around at the opposition to find that little loophole, mentally, and everyone's looking at you. "We have to make sure we're strong mentally and at the moment the players look like they're relishing the challenge ahead, none more so than Upton Park on Saturday." Brown may call on record signing Jimmy Bullard for only the sixth time since his £5million move from Fulham last January. The 31-year-old has returned to training after his latest knee injury, which saw him leave the field in tears at Aston Villa in December, and could be on the bench. Brown will definitely be without another midfielder in Geovanni, who is still sidelined by a knee problem, but George Boateng is available after his red card was rescinded. The veteran Dutchman was sent off in Hull's 1-0 defeat by Blackburn last week for what referee Lee Probert judged to be an elbow on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Brown added: "I said it was a nonsense and I've been proved right but I don't want to be proved right after the game."

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