Altidore up for Tigers fight
On-loan striker committed to Tigers' survival bid
By Elliot Ball. Last Updated: December 30, 2009 5:06pm
Altidore: Yet to score in league
Jozy Altidore insists Hull City are ready to battle it out for Premier League survival after rescuing a point at Bolton.
The on-loan striker has yet to score in the league after making 15 appearances for the Tigers and there are doubts over whether manager Phil Brown will want to sign the USA international permanently from Villarreal in the summer.
A move could hinge on the 23-year-old's ability to keep the KC Stadium outfit in the top-flight and there are signs that the American is beginning to show promise after forming a partnership with Craig Fagan in Hull's last two fixtures.
And Altidore, who feels he has improved since coming to England in the summer, maintains he and his team-mates are up for the fight as they look to secure the Tigers' top-flight status in their second season in the big time.
"It's been a whirlwind, up and down. I knew what the challenge of Hull was going to be like and I have accepted that," he said.
"It is not easy, we are always underdogs and it is tough to play.
"I am definitely going to take something away from here in terms of being a better all-round player.
"I think the willingness and attitude of the players is something I need to learn and I am happy I am learning it now.
"Hopefully I can take it with me in the future."
Tuesday's 2-2 draw at the Reebok, thanks to two Stephen Hunt goals in the last 19 minutes, undoubtedly boosted confidence altough the club remain in the bottom three.
"I think it was huge for morale, for everybody in the locker room and the supporters as well," Altidore confirmed.
"We couldn't let this game slip away. When we were 2-0 down I think the will of the supporters and the leadership of the guys like Nicky Barmby and George Boateng helped us.
"Any time you go 2-0 down in the Premier League, it is a tough way back no matter who you are playing.
"To see that we can come back is a good sign. Hopefully we can continue that in the New Year.
"It is a new season now for us - 19 games and there are a lot of points available."