Bullish Hulse still bubbly
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rob Hulse insists his Sheffield United team-mates are still confident in their ability.
Rob Hulse insists his Sheffield United team-mates are still confident in their ability to beat the Premiership drop.
The Blades are bottom of the table ahead of Saturday's clash with Middlesbrough, after collecting just two points from six matches.
More worryingly Neil Warnock's side have also struggled to find the back of the net, with two-goal Hulse the only player to find his way on to the scoresheet for the South Yorkshire strugglers.
Despite the early season setbacks, Hulse claims there is no despondency setting in at Bramall Lane, even if the £2.2 million signing from Leeds concedes his side's fortunes must take a turn for the better sooner rather than later.
"The mood has been positive this week and we're all upbeat, bubbly and ready to go," said Hulse.
"We might be bottom, but there's nothing to be depressed about at the moment. It's still early days, we're still finding our feet.
"Clearly we're going to have to do that soon because games come thick and fast, but we're not down. We believe things will turn round and come good.
"Obviously there's pressure, and the sooner we can get a win then it's going to be better for us.
"But we've played some difficult teams - Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Blackburn who were all in the top six last season.
"If the wins don't come then sooner or later it will catch up with you, but we are in a place that has a good manager and a good set of lads.
"If you have that core of people around you then you are set well, and we believe in ourselves. We're confident in what we are doing.
"Obviously the first win would give us a lift and set the wheels in motion and we could just charge on from there.
"We just have to keep learning our lessons. It's hard because we are new to this, so we have to learn and adapt as quick as we can."
One explanation offered for the lack of goals has been Warnock's decision to deploy just one striker, with willing frontrunner Hulse being asked to plough a lone furrow on occasion.
"I just go with what the gaffer says. It's not a problem," added Hulse.
"If he thinks that's the way to go, I don't argue. I just get out there and do my best.
"I admit the role is difficult at times. You have to do more of the donkey work, more running, but I'm used to it now."