Brown to keep Tigers' feet on the ground

August 17, 2008

Hull manager Phil Brown insists his players will not have a problem keeping their feet on the ground after opening their first Premier League campaign with a win over Fulham.

Brown saw Brazilian Geovanni equalise Seol Ki-Hyeon's opener for the visitors with a magnificent strike halfway through the first half, before substitute Caleb Folan grabbed the winner late on.

After a summer of mounting anticipation in the city, an opening-day victory sent the Hull fans wild with celebration.

However, Brown is convinced he has the right characters in his squad to prevent the players from getting carried away.

Brown said: 'I afforded myself a smile before the game when I stood back, looked at everything and thought, 'we're here'.

'But we've got quite a level-headed bunch of players here. People like Ian Ashbee won't be getting carried away, you can be sure of that.

'Now we've got here, we need to learn. If we don't learn from these experiences, there's no point us being here.'

Match-winner Folan, who converted a cross from fellow substitute Craig Fagan nine minutes from time, agreed that his team-mates have the right mentality to approach the challenges ahead.

'We've got a great bunch of players here,' he said. 'It's always interesting when new players come in and you see how they fit in with the players that are already here.

'But it's like one big happy family here and everyone gets on well with each other.

'We did ourselves justice out there and showed a lot of character to come back.'

Folan also believes Hull will reap the benefits of an early return to pre-season training.

'We've kept things as normal as possible during pre-season and everyone seemed very relaxed before the game, and then when the match started we went back to how we were last season,' he added.

'I think we've been quite clever with pre-season this year, and I think it definitely showed there today.'