Saturday 19 August 2017

Silva tells Tigers to cool it

Hull City 0 Sunderland 2

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Hull. Photo: PA Wire
Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Hull. Photo: PA Wire

Marco Silva called for calm after Hull's survival hopes were dented by relegated Sunderland.

The Portuguese has worked wonders since his surprise January appointment at the KCOM Stadium, bringing hope to embattled City thanks largely to their superb home form.

Hull manager Marco Silva has appealed for calm after yesterday's major setback. Photo: PA Wire
Hull manager Marco Silva has appealed for calm after yesterday's major setback. Photo: PA Wire

Hull's first home defeat under Silva came at the worst possible time as second-half goals from Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe ended rock-bottom Sunderland's three-month wait for a win.

The 2-0 reverse handed Swansea the chance to send Hull into the drop zone, but a clearly-frustrated Silva called for his side to stay calm.

"Of course it is not a good moment for us, but nothing finished this afternoon," the Tigers boss said.

"Even if we achieved a good result today, these are my words to you. Of course it is a not a good afternoon for us but it doesn't change nothing.

Hull are now a point behind Swansea with only two games left to play. Photo: Stock image
Hull are now a point behind Swansea with only two games left to play. Photo: Stock image

"We need to work hard during the next week to prepare for the next game, and after the last game as well.

"Of course it is not a good moment but this is a moment to be calm because, for me, it is clear this afternoon our players don't play calm.

"They tried to do everything too fast and fast and well is not easy. They tried to do everything too fast in some moments, not be calm.

"If you're not calm, it is impossible to play well."

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