It’s not getting any easier for Leonid Slutsky at Hull City. Five days after that 5-0 thumping at Derby County, The Tigers added another L to their form book with a 2-1 loss away to Fulham on Wednesday night.
Hull have now gone 22 away games without a win and, even though they were much-improved from last week’s horror show at Pride Park, they still failed to match a Fulham side who appear to be clicking into gear after a sluggish start to the season.
In the end, City were level for just eight minutes, Jarrod Bowen’s equaliser cancelled out almost immediately by Stefan Johansen while centre-half Michael Dawson stood and watched.
It is not the first-time the Hull captain has struggled this season. Dawson left Floyd Ayite unmarked for Fulham’s opener too and is quickly becoming a weak link in a defence which is shipping goals at an alarming rate.
No side in the Championship has conceded more times than Hull (13) and the fact that Dawson has started each of their league fixtures in 2017/18 speaks volumes.
The former Tottenham Hotspur favourite is 33 now and his best days appear to be a long way behind him. And another below-par display, characterised by the sort of errors the Dawson of a few years ago would never have made, does little to enhance the fans’ confidence.
Silva physically dragged Dawson into position at training in last season. Slutsky needs to attach a rope to him to do it during games #hcafc— James Richardson (@JR_Tiger) September 14, 2017
Seeing the demise of Michael Dawson makes that Curtis Davies release clause even more painful.#hcafc— Scott Wood (@SWood18) September 13, 2017
Dicko needs support up top. He cant play on his own. Dawson worryingly slow. Tomori looks good. Bowen still our best player #hcafc— Mike Statham (@mjstatham) September 13, 2017
We really lack defensive organisation, which surely is Michael Dawson's job #hcafc— James Lockwood (@EnfieldTiger) September 13, 2017
If Michael Dawson was your pet animal you'd have put him down by now #HCAFC— Jack (@jackbranagan) September 13, 2017
Michael Dawson needs to hang his boots up, he's past it #hcafc— Harry Mail (@HarryMail99) September 13, 2017