Hull manager Phil Brown remained defiant after his slide slumped to another demoralising defeat.
The Tigers, who are 19th in the Barclays Premier League after a poor start to the season, were crushed 4-0 by Everton in the Carling Cup. The third-round tie at the KC Stadium was effectively ended in the opening 24 minutes as Ayegbeni Yakubu, Jo and Dan Gosling all struck before Leon Osman added fourth in the second half.
Brown said: "We have got a big job to do. Everybody is expecting us to go out of this division because of the second-season syndrome."
He added: "It is about rolling the sleeves up now and fighting even harder.
"Hopefully whatever team I pick on Saturday will respond in the right manner.
"Nobody likes being in the bottom three, but we have a job to do that is a long-term plan.
"That long-term plan is six games in. We have got a long way to go."
Brown made nine changes for the tie and fielded a number of fringe players to keep others fresh for Saturday's tough trip to Liverpool.
"We have a massive game on Saturday - nobody expects us to get anything - and then it a massive October for us," Brown said.
"The Premier League is obviously the priority. It always has been and always will be."
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