Hull captain Curtis Davies blasts 'gutless' Tigers after embarrassing heavy defeat by Bournemouth
Hull skipper Curtis Davies was brutally honest as he labelled his side’s thrashing ’embarrassing and gutless.’
Manager Mike Phelan has won praise, the August manager of the month award and finally a permanent contract for the way he has transformed Hull from a team boasting just 10 available players to one ready to battle with the Premier League big guns.
But there was no sign of that fighting spirit as they were crushed by Bournemouth
Hull City captain Curtis Davies apologises to the travelling supporters after the 6-1 defeat
Davies manages to block a shot from Callum Wilson but he was powerless to halt the hosts
Davies admitted: ‘It was embarrassing, gutless, devastating. It was the worst performance I think I’ve ever been involved in.
‘There are times when you can be on a hiding but at least people are doing everything right to try and stop that. Here it wasn’t the case. We know what’s required to do better and we didn’t do it.
‘There’s no excuses now. There’s no 10 men, no so-called big team. It was embarrassing.
‘You can come off the back of the other games [losses to Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea] and say you didn’t expect to get points, blah, blah.
Steve Cook restores Bournemouth’s lead six minutes after Hull’s equaliser with a header
Davis and Hull keeper David Marshall look dejected after conceding a sixth goal on Saturday
‘But you come to Bournemouth, and there’s no disrespect intended, and we believed we could win.
‘We had been looking forward to this run of games to try and get points on the board but we’ve let ourselves down massively. We’ve let the club down and we’ve let the manager down.
‘We’re going to have to be a lot better than that to beat Stoke next week.’
Phelan himself has demanded his players wake up to the demands of being a Premier League club after a fifth defeat in their last six matches first match as Hull City’s permanent manager ended in a six-goal thrashing.
Dan Gosling is embraced by team-mates after coming on to score a late sixth for the Cherries
Davies knows Hull’s performance was nowhere near good enough for the highest level
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Phelan said: ‘The disappointment is we started the season well, expectations raise, we come to Bournemouth and think it’s going to be a stroll in the park – and it isn’t.
‘Bournemouth are a good side, like most sides in the Premier League and we need to quickly learn that we are who we are and our identity has got to be Hull City. We’ve got to conduct ourselves in that matter and make sure we’re difficult to beat.
‘As much disappointment as I feel, I have to regroup this team and explain to them the demands of this division and what it takes to be successful. We are Hull and we are giving it a go.
‘We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because if we do it is going to be a hard slog. We need to grow quickly, accept the level we’re at, how tough it’s going to be and do things better than we’re doing now.’
Bournemouth were dominant from the off and led after just five minutes through Charlie Daniels, but Hull fortuitously equalised out of nothing through Ryan Mason.
Mike Phelan’s first game as permanent manager turned into a horror show on the south coast
Ryan Mason drew Hull level with a speculative shot that took a massive deflection
Bournemouth versus Hull was the 819th different match-up in the history of the Premier League.
The Cherries rallied, however, and led 3-1 at half-time thanks to Steve Cook’s header and a penalty from the excellent Junior Stanislas.
Stanislas added a fourth and late strikes from Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling secured their biggest Premier League win. Manager Eddie Howe was almost pleased.
‘I’m relieved that we’ve won,’ he said. ‘I wouldn’t say enjoy is the right word, in a weird way, just a little bit of satisfaction for a short period of time and then immediately ahead to Tottenham [next Saturday] and that’s how it has to be.
‘No, we can do better. Certain elements we know we could have done better with but I’m being picky of course.’