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Honeyman: Find Ways To Break Teams Down

8 February 2021

Midfielder George Honeyman says Hull City must find ways to break down teams who defend deep.

The Tigers only registered seven attempts in the 1-0 defeat against struggling Burton Albion, with none on target.

Hull City remain the division’s joint-second highest scorers with 41, but Honeyman knows there are areas to work on.

“We maybe just struggle a little bit against teams who sit in,” Honeyman said.

“As a team, we maybe need to move the ball a little bit quicker.

“Our quality wasn’t good and it’s tough to put your finger on why that was.

“The problem we’ve had, and it’s become a bit contagious, is when we are having a bad performance, it seems to seep through the team.

“We need to figure out teams a bit better when they put the low block on us and sit in.

“We’ve got to move the ball quicker as a team and not everyone try to find that killer pass. You’ve got to keep it going, trust in people when they’ve got a man behind them and lend them the ball.

“Teams will not be able to defend if we keep moving the ball from side to side with a tempo for the majority of the game.

“We need to figure that out as a team and when we get into the final third, maybe it’s a bit more composure we need.”

The 26-year-old was frustrated to leave the Pirelli Stadium empty-handed and says his team need to grind out results when not at their best.

“It wasn’t a good performance – we were off it in all departments,” Honeyman admitted.

“That can sometimes happen over the course of a long season and it’s important to dig it out and come away with a point.

“That’s probably the most disappointing thing (that the team weren’t able to).

“Our quality in the final third, as a team, was really poor.

“To get sucker-punched at the end was a real kick in the teeth and that’s something we’ve got to get better at.

“When we’re not quite there, we’ve still got to come away with a share of the spoils.

“It’s been disappointing a couple of times now we’ve played teams lower down in the league and come away with nothing and that’s something we’ve got to put right.

“If our quality isn’t there for some reason, on any given day, (we need to) make sure we grind it out, get the draw, get a point and get home.”

There is no time for the Tigers to feel sorry for themselves, with leaders Lincoln City visiting the KCOM Stadium tomorrow evening.

And Honeyman is determined to make amends after the Burton disappointment.

“We’ve got a really good game on Tuesday to put it right,” he added.

“It was a big game before, it’s a bigger game now. You couldn’t ask for a better game to come on Tuesday.”

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