Bullard hoping for a repeat

BY foxsports • March 26, 2010

The latest chance for Hull to boost their survival prospects comes when Bullard's former club Fulham visit the KC Stadium on Saturday. Bullard left Craven Cottage for Hull last January but two serious knee injuries mean he will be making only his 10th appearance for the club. He is three games into his latest comeback and desperate to inspire the Tigers to the wins they need to climb out of the relegation zone. He said: "It's been a nightmare but I'm getting there. The Portsmouth game I felt really good, the Everton game I felt terrible but I just love being out there. "I'm not far away and I've just got to start scoring some goals and winning some games - that's what we're missing. "I got injured in my first game for Hull, was injured for nine months, came back and played three games, got injured for three and a half months, so it doesn't get worse than that really. "It's rubbish but I can't affect that, I can only affect what I'm doing now and I'm back now, thank God. "I'm 10 times happier than I was six weeks ago. I'm over the moon and we're second bottom of the league." Hull's best form of the season came in November, when Bullard managed to play a full month and picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award. But he has been unable to turn around their form this time and they go into Saturday's match on the back of five successive defeats and sitting three points from safety. Last week's loss to Portsmouth was the most painful of all, coming as it did after Hull had led going into the final couple of minutes. Bullard, though, remains upbeat about the Tigers' form and prospects. "It happens but when it happens to you it's a double shock," he said of the events at Portsmouth. "It's hard to pick yourself up. It hurts you twice as bad because you need those points more than anyone. "But the first half at Portsmouth I thought we played really well and there's a lot of good things to take into Saturday." Battling the drop is nothing new to Bullard, who helped Fulham avoid relegation on the final day of the season in 2008 before watching Hull repeat the trick last term. And the 31-year-old is confident he can make a hat-trick come May. "There's still a quarter of the season to play so I think there's going to be a few twists in it yet," he said. "I was in a relegation fight with Fulham at one point and the twists in that in the last three or four games were unbelievable, let alone eight. "We've had a bad patch so, hopefully, if we put a little run in and catch a couple of other teams, we can stay in the league. It's about staying confident and believing you can win, which I do." And Bullard believes Hull can take inspiration from Fulham's success since their narrow escape. Roy Hodgson's side finished seventh last season to qualify for Europe and next week entertain Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Europa League after beating Juventus in the previous round. Bullard continued: "We're going to go out on that pitch on Saturday believing we can take three points, and why not? Fulham have hardly changed their team since I left and they're 10th. "I've been in a relegation battle with every single one of their players so that's how quick things can change. Now they're beating Juventus 4-1, it's just frightening really. "It's what confidence does, it's what football's all about and that's why we love it." And, despite the Cottagers' success, Bullard insists he has no regrets about leaving. "Not at all," he added. "It could have easily been us in Fulham's position and them down there. Who knows next season? We stay in the Premier League, the positions could be reserved. "We've got the players here, that's why I'm here."


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