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Hull boss Silva admits away form must improve fast

Hull boss Marco Silva knows his side cannot rely only on home form Credit: PA

Hull will bid for their first Premier League win on the road since August on Saturday at Everton without injured playmaker Evandro and last week's two-goal match-winner Oumar Niasse.

Head coach Marco Silva had been hoping Evandro could shake off a calf injury in time to boost his side's survival hopes, while Niasse is ineligible to face his parent club after firing Hull to last week's crucial win against Swansea.

Silva agreed his side must quickly address their wretched away record this season if they are to survive another campaign in the top flight.

But the statistics do not read favourably. The Tigers have taken only five points from 14 away league fixtures since securing promotion in May - their only victory came at Swansea on August 20 - and they have not won at Goodison Park since 1952.

Even so, Silva remains optimistic and believes some recent performances have not always been matched by points earned.

Of course we do need to improve our performance away. In some (away) games we have improved, we've shown progress, but the results achieved are not the best.

Only against Man United (0-0) we had a very good result, but the others no, and our last performance away against Leicester was not the best, that's clear.

We need to improve this situation and we've worked this week in a bid to take points.

Our form at home has been very good because we've achieved results and this gives confidence to our players.

We've had good performances away, but not achieved the results and we need to change this situation as soon as possible because the 10 games we have left in the Premier League, not only are there five at home, but five of them are away and we need to take points.

– Marco Silva

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Hull charged by FA over reaction to booking at Arsenal

Hull have been charged for failing to control their players. Credit: PA

Hull have been charged with failing to control their players during Saturday's Premier League match at Arsenal.

Tigers players surrounded referee Mark Clattenburg after Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs was only booked for fouling Lazar Markovic when the Hull winger was clear on goal.

A Football Association statement read: "Hull City have been charged for failing to control their players.

"It is alleged that in or around the 55th minute of the game against Arsenal on Saturday (11 February 2017), the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

"The club have until 6pm on 17 February 2017 to respond to the charge.

Liverpool winger Markovic makes Hull move

Markovic has joined Hull until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Hull have signed Liverpool's Lazar Markovic on loan until the end of the season after the winger's stay at Sporting Lisbon was cancelled.

The Serbia international's year-long deal with the Portuguese club was ended early after mutual agreement between them, the player and the Reds and the Merseysiders subsequently confirmed he had immediately joined the Premier League strugglers.

Markovic, a £20million signing by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014, made just 11 appearances for Sporting but last played on December 7 and has featured in just one match-day squad in seven subsequent games.

He spent last season on an equally disappointing loan at Fenerbahce, which was cut short by injury, having failed to make the grade at Anfield.

Markovic was given a chance to impress Jurgen Klopp in pre-season but the German made a decision early on the 22-year-old was not part of his plans.

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