Michael Dawson says Hull City must end the season in great form so they can get Championship play-offs.
Dawson wants Hull to end the regular season on a high against Derby County after defeating Rotherham United, if they are to restore confidence in time for the Championship play-offs.
City’s five-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt as they suffered a dismal 1-0 defeat at relegated Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie’s second-half strike earned the Trotters only a fifth league win of the season and, in the process, drained momentum from a visitor still aspiring for a Premier League return.
Hull City defeated Rotherham to hang on to fourth spot with 83 points from 46 games. Coach Steve Bruce was disappointed with the end of the five-game unbeaten run especially as they were beaten by already relegated Bolton Wanderers.
The player who just returned from injury when the Wanderers defeated Hull said about the play offs:
“That has to be our aim,” said Dawson.
“… Bolton was disappointing and we’ve got to get ready to go again now. People are saying that these games aren’t important, but they are because we want to make sure we finish fourth in the table.
“We already know that we’re playing Derby in the play-offs, but we want to be at home in the second leg and that is what it comes down to now.”
Hull went on to defeat Rotterham United 5-1 in an explosive cracker.
“You have to have that confidence going into the play-offs. Whatever has happened in the previous 46 games, you have to go into the play-offs as confident as you can be because you’re 180 minutes from Wembley and a further 90 from the Premier League,” Dawson added.
Hull face Derby on Saturday in an away match and return to face them again at home three days later in the final round of games.