Phelan: Hull must “grow up” following embarrassing defeat

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Fortunes have surely changed for Hull City since the club’s opening day victory against reigning champions Leicester City.

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Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth marked the latest setback for Hull and manager Mike Phelan, and now the club’s permanent boss says it’s time for his side to “grow up.”

Phelan via BBC Sport:

“I feel very embarrassed. I’ve got a team here who show what they can do when they want to,” Phelan said following Saturday’s blowout defeat. “We’ve got to grow up. Unless we concentrate and be disciplined, we won’t get to where we want. What we’ve done is not good enough.

“I thought we were victims of our own downfall in some respects. We’re conceding far too many and I’ll take responsibility for that. We tried to be proactive, we tried to be on the front foot, we probably overexposed ourselves a little bit, and that’s down to the planning issue. I will look at myself, players will look at themselves and we start again. We’ll learn, but we have to learn quickly.”

Since the team’s win over Leicester on opening weekend and Hull’s subsequent victory against Swansea City the Tigers have gone winless in six consecutive Premier League matches.

Hull currently sits 16th in the table, just one point above the relegation zone.