Silva: Hull's away form may be weighing on players' minds

Silva: Hull's away form may be weighing on players' minds

Silva: Hull's away form may be weighing on players' minds

Hull, promoted back to the top flight last May, are two points above the drop zone with six games remaining and the club's owners, the Allam family, appear to have put all contract talks on hold. Mark Hughes assured everyone there was no sense of panic, though there must have been a degree of concern when Hull came back from a goal down and began looking for a victor in the second half.

Hernandez, a reported £16.8million target for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan in January and linked with several Premier League clubs, said he was focused exclusively on Hull's bid to escape relegation.

Arnautovic should have had a second on nine minutes when he latched onto Shaqiri's clever pass, but the Stoke man volleyed over the bar from just six yards out. It would be a really important step if we can take a big result away from home.

"We have five more games, the next game is one more chance to win and take points". Michael dawson was then beaten easily by Arnautovic, who while holding off Harry Maguire, thumped a shot into the net off the underside of the bar.

Xherdan Shaqiri's technical prowess earned Stoke boss Mark Hughes' praise, as did the dependability of Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch after all three starred in the 3-1 victory over Hull.

And incredibly, each of Shaqiri's last five strikes in the Premier League have all been scored from outside of the box, making the "Alpine Messi" one of the most risky players from distance in the country.

The Swiss global lets fly from 25 yards, it dips under the crossbar and into the top corner.

"You know what you're going to get, they understand what's required when they are called upon". Huddlestone, Alfred N'Diaye and Sam Clucas formed a central midfield three, with Lazar Markovic and Kamil Grosicki working out wide to support Oumar Niasse in attack.

Nonetheless, the equaliser came after the break for the away team when from a corner Maguire fired home at the far post after the ball broke to him in the box in the 51st minute.

On came the tried and tested pairing - and they nearly made an instant impact, with Walters' diving header needing a brilliant one-handed stop from Eldin Jakupovic and Crouch bundling the rebound wide. The second half we reacted, started strong, scored the goal.

Hernandez has scored only five goals this season with surgery to resolve a hernia problem at the end of past year and a torn a hamstring in February restricting him to 26 appearances. From well outside the area Shaqiri looked up and found the target, the accuracy, power and dip of his shot leaving Jakupovic no chance.

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