Hull boss Bruce targets away improvement

The Tigers have won just once on the road this season in 11 attempts and the 53-year-old boss is keen to replicate their strong home form at the KC Stadium on their travels
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has challenged his side to improve their dismal away form in the Premier League.

Despite sitting 11th in the table, Hull boast the joint-worst away record in England's top flight, having picked up just five points from 11 games.

Bruce pointed out that many of his side's away games to date have involved visits to top-10 sides, but admits the Tigers' form on the road must improve if they are to stay in the Premier League.

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"I've said repeatedly that we've already been away to all of the top nine, apart from Manchester United, and so it has been a particularly difficult start in that respect," Bruce told the club's official website.

"But we have to make sure that when we go away from home from now on, we have that mentality that we've shown in our home games.

"Unfortunately, we haven't shown that away from home as yet. We're new to the Premier League and we have to find a way of picking some points up away from home."

Bruce is also hoping to witness a greater attacking threat from Hull following the recent arrivals of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.

"We pride ourselves on our defensive organisation, but we can't keep relying on our defenders to keep a clean sheet every week," he added.

"We have to pose a threat at the other end and have the belief to take the ball on and play better. Norwich was a harsh lesson in that. We made a mistake and the game was past us."