Crosby: Strong Finish Is Our Focus - Hull City

Crosby: Strong Finish Is Our Focus

Assistant Head Coach Andy Crosby says there has been no 'celebration' of Championship survival this week and insists that all focus is on finishing the season strongly.

A crazy 5-5 draw at Bristol City last weekend confirmed that the Tigers will play their football in the second tier in 2018/19, but asked how he and Head Coach Nigel Adkins celebrated afterwards Crosby replied: “How did we celebrate? We didn’t.

“When we first came here, the team was struggling to pick up results and the only aim was to make sure that we were still in this league come next season.

“Over the first seven or eight weeks we managed to reduce the number of goals that were going into our net, but we were missing chances at the other end and over the last few weeks that has changed.

“Hopefully last weekend was a blip in terms of our defensive efforts because we want to finish off the season strongly now.

“We’ve got our last home game of the season this weekend against a Cardiff team that still has a lot to play for. I watched them against Derby on Tuesday night and it promises to be a really good game.

“It’s a game where we’re going to have to be right at it because we know that Cardiff will be.

“We played Cardiff in our first away game after we arrived here and it was a really close game. We know what to expect this weekend.”

Looking at Cardiff in more detail, Crosby added: “They’ve had a great season. Neil Warnock went in there last season and they finished off really strongly.

“They recruited well, started this season fantastically well and they have a group of players that has absolute belief in the way they play.

“They have two games left and they know what they have to do to get that second automatic promotion spot.

“Cardiff are strong mentally and they will test us. I think it will be quite an open game on Saturday because they need to come here and win, and we want to finish our season off well.”

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