Toral praises defensive work

Hull City

Jon Toral has put Hull City's recent improvement down to being much more solid in defence.

The Tigers have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Blackburn and the goalless draw with Reading, while they have managed shut-outs in three of their last five matches overall.

Toral says their hard work on the training ground focusing on the defence has paid off although he admits they now need to find the goals at the other end to go with their improvement at the back.

“Our performances have been much better of late,” he said on the club’s website. “That’s come as a result of lots of hard work from everyone on the training pitch.

“We’ve been playing much better and been much tighter at the back, which gives us a platform to go on and win games from. Keeping clean sheets has given everyone a lift but we know that we have to deliver the goods at the other end of the pitch now.”

Hull take on fellow strugglers Sunderland this weekend and Toral knows they must start getting the wins on the board as they battle against the drop.

He added: “We’re coming towards the end of January now and we have to deliver the goods now. We have to show that we don’t deserve to be where we are in the table and the get the results needed to move us up the table.

“It’s another big game on Saturday against a side in and around us in the table. We know how important the match us and we’ll go there looking to get the three points.

“The morale in the camp is good – we all believe in ourselves and each other and we’ll head to Sunderland in good spirits.”