Phil Brown Will Use Fabregas Spat To Spur Hull City On

The Tigers' boss is full of fighting spirit after this week's controversy...

Hull City manager Phil Brown has urged his team to copy his example, and use the controversy surrounding the week's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal as a motivational boost for their campiagn to ensure Premier League survival this season.

The controversy, well reported on a global basis, centres on the accusation made by Brown's assistant Brian Horton that Gunners' skipper Cesc Fabregas, a non-playing spectator who joined his colleagues' on-field celebrations after the final whistle at the Emirates on Wednesday night, spat at him in the tunnel.

But Brown wants his players to put those events behind them, and utilise their anger as an energy to propel them up the league table.

"I can't control what's happening outside of the camp but I know this won't overtake anything inside our camp," the tough-talking manager told The Hull Daily Mail.

"I sat the players down and made them aware we had matched one of the top four teams in England and one of the top eight teams in Europe for a third time this year.

"It was a hard-fought, well-organised performance, coupled with that little bit of quality we've been looking for. We showed that type of fighting spirit we need for the rest of the season and I was proud of my players.

"The result was hard to take but I'm buoyed from what I saw."

'Siege mentalities' are often built from such events, and such an outlook can often act as a tremendous boost to team spirit and togetherness. Clearly, it is this effect Brown is seeking.

"Collectively there was a siege mentality that made a feeling of anger and being hard done to," he added.

"It was like someone going to work, putting in a great shift and not getting paid for it when they're done. That's the feeling I am talking about.

"But we had a warm-down in the south-east yesterday and we move on from this and look towards an important game."

The Tigers' next test is a trip to Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

Zack Wilson,