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27/12/2009 19:09, Report by Steve Bartram
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Wes salutes stand-ins

With several players still sidelined, the Reds were made to sweat for three vital points at the KC Stadium, and Brown felt that the champions earned their victory.

"Hull made it tough for us with a good performance, but we did well in the end," he said. "It was difficult. They pressured us and made it very hard. Then they got back to 1-1 and it was up or down really.

"They had a good little spell, but we managed to nick another one and from then on I thought we were comfortable. In the first half they had some good shots, Tom made some good saves but all in all I thought it was a good game and we played well. We had to perform to win the game."

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Reds' resolve draws praise

"They've done well. I can't remember (a spate of injuries) like it. We've handled it pretty well, we've got a good squad. Hopefully soon we'll have Jonny (Evans), Gaz (Neville) and Rio (Ferdinand) back too and we'll be back to a full strength squad."

- Wes Brown

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