Hull City

Larsson: Time To Stand Up And Be Counted

04 February 2018
Seb Larsson is convinced there is enough quality in Nigel Adkins' squad to beat relegation - but insists he and his team-mates have to show it now.

The Tigers slipped to a fifth successive away defeat in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Preston North End, which saw a winless league run extended to nine games and left the team in the bottom three of the Sky Bet Championship table.

With just 16 games remaining in the 2017/18 campaign, Larsson insists now is the time for the team to show its character as they look to move away from trouble.

“We’re in a difficult period with results not being what we want, but it’s also the time to stand up and not look for excuses,” he said.

“We have to look at ourselves. It’s tough when you’re down there, but these are the times you have to show your character. These are the times that make you a stronger and better player in the future when you come through these situations.

“There’s an honest bunch of lads working hard. There’s been plenty of games where we’ve played well and missed chances, but we’ve had a way of not winning football matches.

“Is there enough character in the dressing room? Yes. Is there enough quality in the dressing room? Yes. Do I firmly believe we’ll get out of relegation trouble? Yes I do.

“But that’s me saying it. It’s about showing it. That’s what it’s all about at this stage of the season.”

Larsson issued his rallying call after skippering the side at Deepdale, but was also quick air his frustrations at the hosts’ controversial second goal.

After Greg Cunningham had cancelled out Jarrod Bowen’s opener, Alex Neil’s side were awarded a penalty in first-half stoppage time when Fraizer Campbell was adjudged to have upended Billy Bodin inside the box, but the Swede was adamant that the Preston man should have collected his second yellow card for diving.

“I had a very good view of it but I think anyone can watch and see that it’s not a penalty,” he added.

“More so, the guy should be sent-off. That’s the frustrating part. Referees get decisions wrong of course but I would like to think there’ll be a little bit of communication because the linesman has got the perfect view and didn’t want to get involved.

“It’s a dive, without any shadow of doubt. A clear dive. But it’s part of football. When you’re in a tough situation like ours, you tend not to get these decisions.

“That’s the big moment but let’s not try and blame other people. We’re in this situation that we’ve put ourselves in and it’s down to us players on the pitch.

“The reason we are where we are is because we haven’t won enough games and picked up enough points. Let’s not look elsewhere. Let’s look at ourselves and realise we’re the only ones to get us out of trouble.”