Belfast Telegraph

Dawson targets two more wins

Hull defender Michael Dawson is convinced his side can move to the brink of Barclays Premier League safety with victory over Liverpool at the KC Stadium tonight.

Saturday's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace lifted them out of the drop zone ahead of a high-profile run-in which sees four of their final five games of the season at home.

Dawson said: "It's going to go right to the wire but we have got to concentrate on what we do and with two more wins I'm sure we'll be safe.

"But it's not good talking about it - we've got to go out and perform. Saturday was a start and we have now got to go out there and play with confidence and freedom."

Dame N'Doye's double at Selhurst Park gave a major boost to City's survival hopes given the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United are still to follow Liverpool to the KC Stadium.

But Dawson is undaunted, insisting: "We've been away from home and picked up big results against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

"In two of those games we were leading until the final five minutes or so so we have got to take confidence and belief from those games and bring it to the KC."

Boss Steve Bruce could see his injury problems eased as Andy Robertson and Mohamed Diame return to contention but David Meyler remains suspended.

Liverpool have struggled for form since being dumped out of the FA Cup semi-finals by Aston Villa and have been hit with a further blow with the news Daniel Sturridge is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

Sturridge has missed the last three games with a hip problem and boss Brendan Rodgers said: " It has been difficult for Daniel.

"Daniel is a good lad who obviously wants to play and be working and helping the team.

"But it has just been one of those seasons where he has been very unfortunate and he has missed out. We are going to have to monitor that day by day and see where he is at."

The alternative strikers Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have all failed to impress and strengthening the attack is likely to be a transfer market priority this summer.


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