Hull City have 'eight cup finals' in Premier League race, says David Meyler
DAVID Meyler will ignore the fortunes of Hull City's promotion rivals during the final weeks of the Championship season and set his focus solely on winning "eight cup finals" for the Tigers.
Steve Bruce's side have entered the final international break of the season still hanging on to second place in the Championship, despite losing 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
An eight-game sequence inside five hectic final weeks, beginning at Huddersfield Town on March 30, is now all that remains to shape the campaign, and Meyler is determined to keep City's fate within their own grasp.
"You can look at it as a missed opportunity but we have eight games left and we want to win all eight," said Meyler.
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"We can't look at Watford, Forest, Brighton, Palace or any other teams. We have to just keep winning.
"Huddersfield are next up a week on Saturday and we have to win there. We have to move on.
"There's eight cup finals to come and we have to look to rebuild in training. Our own performances are what matter."
City's hopes of clinching a return to the Premier League were damaged by a third defeat in five games.
Although George Boyd's opener had set the Tigers on course for a fifth straight home win, Darius Henderson and Lewis McGugan overturned the advantage to hand Forest, the division's form side, a sixth consecutive victory.
After seeing Robbie Brady hit the bar and Jay Simpson and Alex Bruce both denied by dramatic goal-line clearances late in the game, it was a bitter pill for City and Meyler to swallow.
"We had six or seven chances that we have to score if we want to get promoted," he said.
"Gedo had two fantastic ones. George Boyd took his goal well but had another chance later. Alex Bruce had an effort cleared off the line and Jay Simpson had one too. On another day, they all go in.
"We worked hard and our discipline was good. Apart from the two goals, they never looked like scoring.
"We created the chances and didn't take them so we're the architects of our own downfall. It isn't good enough."
Gratefully, the harm suffered proved to be minimal as nearest rivals Watford lost 1-0 at Barnsley, before Crystal Palace also missed the chance to go second when losing 3-0 at Brighton yesterday.
A fortuitous weekend means the Tigers can turn their attentions to the season's final eight games still as the team to catch in second spot.
The visit of Watford to the KC Stadium a fortnight tomorrow now appears set to take on huge significance in the race for the Premier League, and Meyler has every faith the Tigers will respond.
"The great thing about football is you move on because there is another game. You can't dwell on things," said the midfielder, who is on standby for Republic of Ireland's two World Cup qualifiers this week.
"We took a hard hit at Bolton and lost 4-1 but came back against Birmingham to win 5-2. Another 4-2 beating at Palace was followed by a 1-0 win at Burnley so we can't be too down.
"Obviously, the lads are kicking themselves, but we move on."