MICHAEL DAWSON admits Hull City’s away form must improve – not only to prevent the club’s promotion bid from faltering but also stop manager Steve Bruce from losing his voice.
The Tigers head to Cardiff City looking to improve on a sorry record of just one point from three games on the road.
Considering Hull have won all three league games at the KC Stadium, it is clear what impact the club’s troubles away from the East Riding are having and Dawson admits the rot must stop tonight.
“You can’t afford to drop too many points and we already have done with losses at Charlton and Brighton,” said City captain Dawson, who is an ever-present in the league this term.
“I am sure it was a long trip back for our supporters (after Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Brighton). They made a big effort to get to the game and I am sure it was a big disappointment for them.”
City’s losses at The Valley and Amex Stadium were both characterised by a slow start to the game by Bruce’s men. It was a similar story in the one away game that brought reward for the Yorkshire side – August’s 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers – when Kenny Jackett’s men had two great chances to take the lead inside the opening minutes.
Against a Cardiff outfit who sit second in the fledgling table and boast one of just four unbeaten records in the Championship, Hull cannot afford a similarly slow start.
“We let ourselves down with our first-half performance against Brighton,” admitted Dawson. “Our performance was non-existent and we could have been more than one goal down by half time.
“If you give the ball away in bad areas, teams are going to punish you. We can’t keep letting the gaffer lose his voice at half-time, we have to have a look at ourselves.
“We have certainly got to pick up our away form if we are going to win promotion. Thankfully, we have the chance to put things right very quickly after Saturday. The games come thick and fast and you have a chance to put things right ASAP.”
Last six games: Cardiff City DDWLWW, Hull City DWLWWL.
Referee: C Sarginson (Staffordshire).
Last time: Cardiff City 0 Hull City 4; February 22, 2014; Premier League.