Brown applauds Bullard's performance

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Hull boss Phil Brown hailed Jimmy Bullard's replica reading of the riot act as a moment of comic timing following his equaliser in the the 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

It was at Eastlands last season that Brown sat his team down for a stern half-time lecture. His players sat in virtually the same place on Saturday afternoon watching an act of finger jabbing.

"It was a fantastic celebration," said Brown. "Great comedy is about timing. You could not have had a celebration like that, after a goal, unless it was at Eastlands and was in the goal in front of the Hull fans. The whole thing was timed to perfection."

He added: "I had no idea it was going to happen. I was trying to arrange a five-man midfield at the time so I didn't see it. But my analysis guy showed me it on the laptop when we got into the changing room.

"I couldn't deliver my address because I was laughing so much."

While Brown claimed he personally drew a line under the controversial team talk immediately after the final whistle of last season's encounter, when Hull lost 5-1, he hopes the whole incident can now be forgotten by everyone else.

Certainly Brown's own position does not appear under immediate threat given he was on the verge of being sacked when new chairman Adam Pearson was installed earlier this month.

But a four-game unbeaten run that has yielded eight points has taken the Tigers four points clear of the drop zone, with Brown admitting he probably would not still be in a job had it not been for the response of his players.

"I have had nothing but support from the changing room," he said. "A change of chairman always causes problems in terms of which direction the club is going in and what is round the corner.

"Change in football causes anxiety. But the response of the players is why I am still sat here as Hull City manager."

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