Brown bemoans Hull defending

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Phil Brown felt Hull City needed to defend better after the Tigers succumbed to four Wayne Rooney goals loss at Old Trafford.

Tigers boss unhappy with side's defending after four goal loss

Hull City boss Phil Brown felt his side needed to defend better after the Tigers succumbed to four Wayne Rooney goals at Old Trafford. Brown's side conceded an eighth minute opener to Rooney but then held-off Manchester United until the England striker's three late goals. But Hull could have equalised via substitute Kamel Ghilas before Rooney's late strikes and Brown thought the scoreline was cruel, although he acknowledged his relegation-threatened side needed to defend better. Brown told Sky Sports: "It's probably a cruel scoreline at the end of the day. I think at one goal we had a foothold in the game second half and we made positive changes with regards to substitutions to try and get something from the game. "Unfortunately we came up against a very good striker who is in-form and scored four goals today but we can defend better, no doubt in my mind we can defend better against the quality of Wayne Rooney but you have got to be at your best defensively and unfortunately for us we weren't." He believed his side had caused United problems and Ghilas had Hull's best chance which he dragged just wide of the post.

Little breaks

"It's the little breaks in the game which separates players from being winners and losers to me, and it's a determination of mine to get to this level. "Manchester United, you know what it takes to play for this football club, I want that kind of determination to play for Hull City, and it will take me to my dying grave to get there." He added that his team did not have the same collective mentality that they had in the 0-0 draw at Spurs last week. "It's a game by game process that we're involved in here - next week's a massive week for us, we're playing Wolves at the KC Stadium followed by Chelsea and Man City at the KC Stadium so we've got to make it a big week and none more so than the first game against Wolves, but we've got to defend better, simple as that."

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