Belfast Telegraph

Mike Phelan still believes in Hull despite their struggles

Hull boss Mike Phelan retains the belief his players are good enough to stay in the Premier League and that is his message before their first visit to the London Stadium to face West Ham.

The Tigers, second from bottom after one win in their last 11 league games, conceded three goals or more for the sixth time this season when losing 3-0 at Tottenham on Wednesday, but Phelan insists they still have it all to play for.

"We go there full of life," he said as Hull prepare to return to the capital for the second time in four days in search of their first win in six league matches.

"We're on the front foot. Yes we've lost games but my players are putting everything into their chance in the Premier League.

"We just need to get a bit lucky if we can."

Hull will need more than good fortune if they are to end their 26-year wait for a victory at West Ham.

The Tigers' last success in this away fixture was back in 1990, but Phelan is buoyed by their last two displays, in Saturday's 3-3 home draw against Crystal Palace and at Tottenham.

"It's difficult to express sometimes, the fact that we played well," he said.

"We thought we took the game to Tottenham and yet we lost another game.

"But their heads won't dip, we speak about this all the time.

"There's no point in sulking about things that have happened. We just look forward to the next one.

"We have shown positive signs of being progressive. We're creating the chances, but just not scoring the goals.

"Hopefully that will change and hopefully that will be on Saturday."

Dieumerci Mbokani returns to contention to boost Phelan's options up front following a three-game ban, but there is no disguising the lack of strength in depth in his squad and the January transfer window could play a major part in the club's fight for survival.

"There's been lots of phone calls - the phone bills are going through the roof," added Phelan, who has no new injury concerns.

"There's been lots of watching players. We're getting our group together and looking at players who we may be able to bring to this football club.

"But everything boils down to 'do you want to spend some money, do you want to go into the loan market?'

"We have to look at all our options."

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