Marco Silva conceded Hull's travelling woes may be weighing on his players' minds after their winless run away from the KCOM Stadium continued at Stoke.
The Tigers have taken only one point from a possible 21 on their travels since Silva took charge in January and Saturday's 3-1 loss in Staffordshire left them still just two points above the bottom three.
It comes in stark contrast to their home form under the Portuguese, who is unbeaten in Yorkshire where three of Hull's remaining five fixtures take place.
They must still visit Southampton and Crystal Palace in their run-in, though, and Silva admits a 16-game winless sequence away from home in the Premier League dating back to August could be impacting his squad.
"Yes, it's possible but only our team can change the situation," he said.
"When we start the game like we did, it's not easy to change the situation. We need to improve, we need to think that it's impossible to start games this way.
"We prepared in the same way - away and at home - and I need to find this solution.
"We have five more games, the next game is one more chance to win and take points. It's hard work until the end of the season."