Phil Brown is adamant Hull's players still need to believe in themselves a bit more.
It may sound like an implausible thing to say given his squad has beaten Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle on their travels and ended up going down in a seven-goal thriller at Manchester United on Saturday, but Brown still feels there are some within the Tigers camp who still do not think they belong at the highest level.
"If the players keep believing what I am telling them, who knows how far we can take this thing," he said. "I have more belief in the players than they do."
He added: "If they started believing in themselves a bit more, they would know they are good players and can compete at this level, then they would show it on a more regular basis."
Brown cites the Old Trafford experience as a case in point.
In the first half his toothless Tigers stood off Sir Alex Ferguson's men, gifted them two of their three goals and should have been dead and buried.
But once Nemanja Vidic had added a fourth, the introduction of Bernard Mendy and Peter Halmosi turned the game on its head.
Hull scored twice and for the last few minutes United were sweating as their visitors threatened one of the most unlikely comebacks in Premier League history.
"We paid Manchester United far too much respect in the first half," he said. "They are a good team. You cannot sit off them otherwise they will show you exactly what they are capable of.
"In the second half we got in their faces a bit, the game became feisty and we got some pride back in the shirt. Unfortunately that is all we got."
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