Pearson seeks cure for Tigers' travel sickness

NIGEL PEARSON believes Hull City owe their long-suffering travelling supporters a long overdue away win.

The Tigers' last triumph on the road came 17 months ago when a last-minute strike from Manucho was enough to claim three points at Fulham.

Since then, City have gone 25 league games without a victory – collecting just six points in the process.

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Hull have also lost FA Cup ties at Arsenal and Wigan Athletic during that time, while Tuesday night saw the Championship club humbled by League One Brentford.

Pearson moving to the KC Stadium during the summer means he has only presided over the defeat at Griffin Park and the 4-0 thumping at Millwall a fortnight ago.

But he has already seen enough to realise such a horrendous run of form could be playing on the minds of the City players.

The Tigers manager said: "We will be taking a big following with us (to Doncaster) and we have an obligation to give those fans something to cheer.

"I know they will get behind us but we have to make sure they are happy with what we are trying to do.

"Our away form needs to improve, there is no doubt about that. And this is an opportunity to go out and put it right."

Finding a cure for Hull's travel sickness will, however, be easier said than done today against a Doncaster side who many believe could force their way into the promotion race.

Pearson knows all about the quality at Rovers counterpart Sean O'Driscoll's disposal after his Leicester City side had two tight encounters with the south Yorkshire club last season – drawing 0-0 at the Walkers Stadium and winning by a goal at the Keepmoat.

Pearson added: "We will have to work very hard because this is a very competitive league.

"Doncaster have been a steady side in recent years and they play their style of football pretty well.

"We are looking forward to it and we will give them respect. But it is up to us to go there and put in a type of performance that we are happy with.

"We have got some players who have come into the squad to bring something different.

"At the moment, it is still very much a case of finding out about the players. But I am someone who looks forward with optimism. I am looking to make sure we get a good result at Doncaster."