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Ledley: We're hurting

Posted on 8 October 2008  - 12:00

Ledley King reflected on our current situation at the bottom of the Premier League and admitted: "It's hurting us all."

Ledley: We're hurting

Ledley King reflected on our current situation at the bottom of the Premier League and admitted: "It's hurting us all."

Sunday's somewhat harsh defeat against Hull City at the Lane stretched our win-less start to the league campaign to seven matches.

It's a sequence that has hit everyone hard - not least Ledley, our captain and longest-serving player.

"It's not a nice time for everyone involved," he said. "To be bottom of the league is not good enough, to be honest, with the quality of players we have. We should be doing better.

"The players are really trying on the training pitch and on matchdays to get it together but it just hasn't happened for us, especially as an attacking force.

"It's down to the players to change things and we'll continue to work hard and try to find some consistency in our play.

"We have to believe we're going to turn it around. No-one is going to help when you are down there, clubs will trample on us to get above us.

"The goal we conceded against Hull on Sunday - that seems to be the sort of thing that happens when you are down at the bottom, a player sticks one in the top corner like that.

"We have enough quality and we have to bring that out. It's time to do that."

Aaron Lennon was quoted in an interview with the Sunday Times insisting ‘people who say footballers don't care, it's rubbish' and Ledley understood exactly where his team-mate was coming from.

"First of all, the players have a lot of respect for the manager, Gus, Marcos and everyone at the club. There are no problems behind-closed-doors, so to speak.

"The lads all get on, the team spirit is good, regardless of results.

"We're professional footballers, so of course it hurts. Myself and the rest of the players don't like looking at the league table at the moment. It hurts to see us bottom of the league.

"With the talent and quality of players we've got we know it's just not good enough.

"But of course we're hurting, we're all hurting.

"It's difficult, we keep having international breaks - I know it's the same for everyone - but I'm sure the manager would like to work with the team over a period of time at the moment. We'll get the players back on the Thursday and there's not a lot of time to prepare for the next game.

"All we can do is continue to work hard and we're doing that out on the training pitch, staying behind, trying to improve. We're all together and we have to go forward as a unit."