We Have The Quality But We Have To Show It
Seb Larsson has said he knows that Hull City have the quality to beat relegation this season but it's about time the players started proving that in the aftermath to defeat by Preston North End.
With only 16 games remaining in the Championship campaign of 2017/18, slipping to a two one defeat at Deepdale at the weekend extended our winless run in the league to nine and we are left in the bottom three of the table, however the route to safety is only a gap of two points.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with club press on Monday to reflect on our last game, Larsson probably knew he was trotting out the same lines that everyone uses in our situation but with it angled more to the time for talking is over and basically start showing it on the pitch, he'll win some favour from the fans for fronting up for the interview.
'We`re in a difficult period with results not being what we want, but it`s also the time to stand up and not look for excuses. We have to look at ourselves. It`s tough when you`re down there, but these are the times you have to show your character. These are the times that make you a stronger and better player in the future when you come through these situations.'
Larsson went on to use the oft quoted 'honest bunch of lads' but he was right in referencing matches where performances have been better but players just weren't clinical enough in front of the net and that tells it's own story with a lack of wins.
'Is there enough character in the dressing room? Yes. Is there enough quality in the dressing room? Yes. Do I firmly believe we`ll get out of relegation trouble? Yes I do. But that`s me saying it. It`s about showing it. That`s what it`s all about at this stage of the season.'
Having skippered the side against Preston, he ended by talking about his frustration at the result and the manner of their goal on the day that decided the points.
With Preston calling for and getting a penalty as Fraizer Campbell was adjudged to have up ended Billy Bodin, the Swede was adamant it was a dive and that a second yellow card should have been shown to the opposing player.
'I had a very good view of it but I think anyone can watch and see that it`s not a penalty. More so, the guy should be sent-off. That`s the frustrating part. Referees get decisions wrong of course but I would like to think there`ll be a little bit of communication because the linesman has got the perfect view and didn`t want to get involved.'
Larsson went on to say.
'It`s a dive, without any shadow of doubt. A clear dive. But it`s part of football. When you`re in a tough situation like ours, you tend not to get these decisions. That`s the big moment but let`s not try and blame other people.'
Rightly he ended with.
'We`re in this situation that we`ve put ourselves in and it`s down to us players on the pitch. The reason we are where we are is because we haven`t won enough games and picked up enough points. Let`s not look elsewhere. Let`s look at ourselves and realise we`re the only ones to get us out of trouble.'
Fans will be hoping they do just that and quickly.