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McShane calls for Tigers response

Published 10/05/2015

Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his side will bounce back stronger despite relegation
Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his side will bounce back stronger despite relegation

Hull defender Paul McShane has urged his team-mates to put the "devastation" of Saturday's defeat to Burnley behind them and fight to retain their place in the top flight.

Danny Ings' 62nd-minute winner at the KC Stadium left Steve Bruce's men in the bottom three heading into their last two games against Tottenham and Manchester United.

McShane admitted his side's performance was a far cry from recent back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool which had given them a big chance of ensuring Premier League survival.

McShane said: "In the dressing room there was devastation but I think the lads will pick themselves up on Monday and start again - that's all we can do.

"It was a massive chance for us to stay up but we didn't take it. We didn't perform like we did against Palace and Liverpool and it's disappointing all round

"We've got two massive games now and we need to pick up some points. They're getting bigger and bigger because we're not getting the results we need, and time is running out."

McShane's sentiment was echoed by City boss Steve Bruce, who must try to rally his side for their last two games after a poor performance against a Burnley side for whom the win was not enough to avoid the drop.

Robbie Brady twice rattled the bar from long range and McShane had a first-half header cleared off the line but the buzz which swept them to victory over Liverpool was clearly missing from the home side's performance.

Bruce conceded: "My main concern is we haven't got anywhere near the level we're capable of and I take responsibility for that.

"A lot of them fell short of the level we require and we have got to try and get it back because we have still got a chance.

"Against Palace and Liverpool we found a bit of form and we've got to go and produce two huge performances and make sure we make a fist of staying in this league."

The Clarets had gone into the game knowing their fate was all but mathematically sealed and four results elsewhere conspired to seal their quick return to the Championship.

Speculation is now set to swirl over the respective futures of stars like Ings and Kieran Trippier but the latter was in no mood to discuss his next move in the wake of the Clarets' win.

Trippier said: "We've got a great squad, a great manager and great staff and hopefully we can keep it all together.

"I just want to play football and I have enjoyed this experience with Burnley. There is a lot to think about during the summer.

"The Championship is a tough league to get out of as we found out last year. We'll be there next year and it won't be easy so we need to keep grounded."

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