Phil Brown on the 2-0 defeat to Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round
Phil Brown couldn’t have been more proud of his side despite a 2-0 defeat to Premier League side Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round.
In front of a packed-out Roots Hall, Blues more than matched their Premier League opponents until Matty Fryatt scored a brace.
Brown was pleased with the efforts of his players, but was left to rue two decisive moments in the match.
He said: “I couldn’t be any more proud of my players today because they gave it everything, as they always do.
“I couldn’t ask for much more because we were up against a very professional side in Hull City.
“They showed their class in the end, especially in the final third and that proved to be the difference.
“The ball just didn’t seem to fall our way in and around the box and when you’re up against a top side, you need that to happen.
“We had two big chances in the game, and if either of those had gone in it could have been a different story.
“Steve Harper pulled off a top save to keep out Barry Corr and then Michael Timlin went so close to scoring.
“If that had gone in, then we would’ve been able to sit back and soak up the pressure with a lead.
“It wasn’t to be, but I’m pleased for the players that they were able to give a good account of themselves.”
Fryatt’s opener in the 62nd minute meant Blues had to push on, and Brown says that was when Hull were able to take full advantage.
“We had to press because we needed to get back in the game but that opened up the game,” he added.
“They showed their class in the final third and although we conceded late on to make it 2-0, I thought we deserved something.
“With the game open, they had more time to pick their passes, but we still gave it everything.
“We’ll head into Tuesday night against the Daggers now looking to get back to winning ways and the main priority of promotion.”