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Brady calls for Hull to 'dig deep' in Premier tests ahead

IRELAND international Robbie Brady says his Hull City side have to "dig deep" to get themselves out of a rut after a run of nine games without a win.

Last Saturday's 2-0 loss to Chelsea ended a brief unbeaten run for City and with games against Swansea, Sunderland and Leicester ahead in the festive period, Brady admits there is no time for Steve Bruce's side to feel sorry for themselves.

"We've got to dig in deep now because we know it's going to be a long winter. We need to start putting results on the board and I'm sure we're more than capable of doing that," said Brady, who came on as a second half sub in that defeat at Stamford Bridge.

"It was never going to be easy going to Chelsea," said Brady.

"We had periods when we played some nice football but Chelsea went on to dominate possession, especially when we went down to ten men.

"The opening goal put us on the back foot and it was always going to be uphill for us from there. We pressed the ball well but it was just that little bit of luck was missing," added the Dubliner, who has swicthed between a midfield berth and a win-back role for the Tigers under Bruce this season.

Midfield man Tom Huddlestone was dismissed in the second half of that defeat so he now faces a suspension - and that could open the door for one of the club's Irish midfielders to stake a claim for a place in the starting XI.

With six Premier League starts, Stephen Quinn has seen the most action of that Irish trio as Brady has started just five games while David Meyler has only three league starts to show for his efforts this season.

Replacing Huddlestone in midfield is just one issue for Bruce to deal with as he heads into a busy month, with games against fellow strugglers Sunderland and Leicester now a priority.

"It is a vitally important period," says Bruce of the games ahead. We've played nine games away from home and seven at home. We need to go and win these couple of home games we've got over Christmas.

"It's four games in a matter of days and if we can win a couple of those then the season has a different complexion," added Bruce, who was backed by Hull fans last weekend despite the loss to leaders Chelsea.