Dowie feels dark as City fail

Hull City manager Iain Dowie has bemoaned his side's toothless attack following the 1-0 Premier League defeat at the hands of Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The defeat leaves the Tigers set to return to the Championship as they sit six points behind West Ham United with two games to go, while having a far inferior goal difference in comparison to the Hammers.

Darren Bent's strike was enough to settle the contest although Jimmy Bullard's crucial penalty miss rubbed salt into their wounds and Dowie, who will discuss his future with executive chairman Adam Pearson and vice-chairman Russell Bartlett, wants his side to end the season with a flourish.

Speaking to reporters after the game, he said:"It is a very dark feeling in the pit of your stomach, but, in the end, probably in terms of our forward intent it is an area that has cost us dearly.

"We just haven't been able work the goalkeeper enough. But I cannot fault the desire and endeavour of the players today.

"From now we must play with pride, hunger and undoubted enthusiasm at Wigan and against Liverpool at home.

"Adam and Russell have been very supportive of me from the time I have been here.

"They were aware it was a nine-game challenge, and that is where we are. We have got two more games and then that is another discussion."

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