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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 22, 2008

Brown determined to build on opening victory

Manager Phil Brown believes his Hull side are ready to build on their opening-day win over Fulham when they meet Blackburn tomorrow.

The Tigers celebrated the first top-flight match in their 104-year history with a dramatic win over Roy Hodgson's Fulham at the KC Stadium last time out.

And Brown insists they are set to continue proving their doubters wrong.

'We went into Saturday's game fully expecting to get something from Fulham and Blackburn is another opportunity to get something,' he said. 'I'm not bothered about what other people think, it's more about what I think, what the staff think and what the players think.

'We know what we are capable of and if we achieve that, we'll be okay this season.'

Indeed Brown, a former Derby manager, insists his players are already in a better position than they were in the build-up to their meeting with the Cottagers.

Despite making some crucial additions in the summer - with the likes of Geovanni, George Boateng, Bernard Mendy and Marlon King arriving at the club - City are inexperienced at the highest level, and Brown believes the learning process has already begun.

'This week it has been important for us to look ahead, not back,' he said. 'What I'm trying to drill home to the lads is that Fulham is gone now, but I think we have learned from that match.

'We learned there will be times when the opposition play better football than us, times when they have a time of it. But there'll be times when we have a time of it and when we do we have to score goals.'

And although Hull's players could be forgiven for basking in the glory of the club's maiden Premier League victory, Brown is not interested in looking back.

'After three minutes we missed a great chance, after eight minutes we were 1-0 down and after 20 minutes I thought it could be a really bad day because Fulham were playing that well,' he added.

'To get an equaliser and go on to win with our fitness levels showed great character.

'But that's firmly behind us now - it's all about looking forward. We came back in on Monday and it was all about focusing on Blackburn.'

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