Hull City skipper Michael Dawson.
Hull City skipper Michael Dawson. Julian Finney

Hull aiming to stay above drop zone with win over Watford

FOOTBALL: Hull City captain Michael Dawson says his team has to make sure it keeps its English Premier League destiny in its own hands with a win against Watford at KCOM Stadium tonight.

The Tigers are two points ahead of Swansea City with five games remaining, meaning all they have to do is match the Welsh club's results from now until the end of the season to stay up.

Hull has struggled on the road this season, going 16 games without a win, but at home it has been a different story, winning five out of its past six.

Dawson said he was keen to build on that with another success over the Hornets.

"We've been terrible on the road but our home form puts us in a position where it's still in our hands and while that's the case, we've got massive belief in the manager (Marco Silva)," he said.

"People wrote us off early on in the season and then at Christmas before he came in, and we were adrift at the bottom of the league.

"So if you'd have said at Christmas that we'd be in this position then of course we'd have taken it.

"We wanted to win on Saturday (against Stoke City), we didn't, but now we've got Watford at home and we'll be working hard like we do every week to put things right and making sure the fans are right behind us because I thought the travelling support was excellent.

"When you lose 3-1 and still get the applause they gave us and saw the spirit they showed in turning up, that's brilliant but now we need them at home."

EPL fixtures: Hull v Watford, Swansea v Stoke, Bournemouth v Middlesbrough, West Ham v Everton (all midnight AEST)

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