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Keano's warning

Posted on 15 January 2010  - 12:00

Robbie Keane reckons our last defeat at home to Wolves a month ago will act as a warning as we face Hull City at the Lane on Saturday.

Keano's warning

Robbie Keane reckons our last defeat at home to Wolves a month ago will act as a warning as we face Hull City at the Lane on Saturday.

That day, Kevin Doyle grabbed the lead for the visitors inside five minutes and try as we might, we couldn't find a way past a determined defence as Wolves held on for a 1-0 win.

Hull arrive at the Lane in the relegation zone and pundits will again mark us down as a certain home win - skipper Robbie quickly refers to that Wolves game as proof that there is no such thing in the Premier League.

"Any game is tough against the teams down at the bottom because they are desperate to get out of trouble," he said. "That's something we have to be aware of.

"It happened a few weeks ago against Wolves when we went a goal behind early and couldn't pull a goal back. That's something we have to be wary of.

"It's never easy against Hull and they've managed to come out of a bit of a sticky patch, even though they are still down there.

"So we know it will be tough but we're at home in front of our fans and it should be a great atmosphere. I'm sure the fans will be looking forward to watching the team again after a fortnight without a game and hopefully we'll get a good win under our belts."

Robbie will come up against a few of his Republic of Ireland team-mates - Kevin Kilbane, Paul McShane, Stephen Hunt - and says the mentality of those players and the rest of the Tigers squad will ensure they scrap for every point.

"They have a good mentality, especially the manager Phil Brown," he added. "I've known Kevin Kilbane for a long, long time and he will be desperate to get them out of the situation they are in.

"It will be tough. It will be good to see the lads I know and shake their hands at the end of the game, hopefully with three points in the back pocket."