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Monday 20 November 2017

Boateng down as late goal dooms Tigers

Hull midfielder George Boateng admitted the late equaliser which confirmed Hull's relegation from the Premier League was "so hard to take".

The 34-year-old watched as Steve Gohouri's injury-time goal earned Wigan a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium, which confirmed Hull's drop out of English football's top flight after two seasons.

And Boateng admitted: "It's been coming since Sunderland last weekend but we tried to take it to the last game of the season, and what makes it disappointing is conceding in injury-time again -- the equaliser is so hard to take.

"Everyone at the club has made mistakes, including myself -- but on a personal level I think we've enjoyed our time under Iain Dowie.

"When he came in he bought calmness to the place. Everybody felt if we could have some belief we could maybe make it (survive), but it's just unfortunate we have not collected enough points again."

Dowie, appointed as Phil Brown's successor in March on a short-term deal, is yet to discuss his future with club chairman Adam Pearson, but insists he is happy to wait.

"That's for people much more erudite than me to talk about," he said. "I don't know. It doesn't need to be discussed (yet). Adam knows how to run a football club. He has been involved for a long time and he is dealing with what are the pressing (issues), which are the financial difficulties.

"It's important for going forward that the club's solvency is dealt with first.

"Mine or any player's future will become secondary to that."

He added: "I like the group of lads. I've got on with them very good, and when George Boateng, Kevin Kilbane, players of that ilk, speak well of you, there is a good buzz. I like the area, it sits well with me, but the decision is not about me. It's about the club being solvent and us going forward."

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