Dawson eyes home run
Defender says four home games key to their survival
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: April 9, 2010 8:08pm
Dawson: Survival bid
Hull defender Andy Dawson believes Hull City's survival hopes will ultimately come down to their home form.
The Tigers remain a point adrift of safety but hold a game in hand over West Ham, with four of their final six games to be played at the KC Stadium.
Aston Villa, Sunderland and Liverpool each travel to the KC before the end of the season but Ian Dowie's men must first take on relegation rivals Burnley on Saturday.
The Clarets have the worst away record in the Premier League with just one point from 16 games while Hull have yet to win on the road with just four draws to their name.
However, a seventh home win of the season over Brian Laws' side could potentially propel the Tigers out of the relegation zone and pile the pressure on West Ham, but Dawson admits they must maintain their focus.
"It all depends on us. If we start getting results at home now I think we'll bring a few back into it," he said.
"Our away form hasn't been good enough this season, we all know that. With four home games (left), two away, the majority of those points have got to come at home.
"We know what three points can do for us," added Dawson, who is fully fit for the clash after returning following a hamstring injury.
"It would be a massive boost and hopefully get us out of the bottom three. It's not something we've been used to this season," said Dawson.
"But it's not a pressure we'll be worried about, it's one that we'll take as a positive."
Burnley enter the game on the back of a 6-1 mauling at home to UEFA Champions League hopefuls Manchester City, but Dawson is aware Hull can not afford to be complacent.
"Their confidence is bound to be low but we can't underestimate them," he added.
"They're not going to roll over. We've got to give them every bit of respect."
Laws has lost 11 of his 13 Premier League games since taking over at Turf Moor but Dawson, who played under Laws for Scunthorpe, knows the former Sheffield Wednesday boss will have his troops motivated for the trip.
"Knowing him I'm sure he'll be hurting, but he'll be doing his best to turn it around," said Dawson.
"He's a very positive guy and I'm sure he's been at them this week."