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West Brom skipper Brunt to miss Hull away day

Captain Chris Brunt is out for West Brom's trip to Hull with a hamstring injury.

The skipper limped off after making a tackle in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to West Ham, although boss Alan Irvine is hopeful he will return next week.

James Morrison (illness) and Sebastien Pocognoli (dead leg) are back but Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is out and Claudio Yacob serves the final game of a ban.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Varela, Gardner, Morrison, O'Neil, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Blanco, Sessegnon, Samaras, Ideye, Berahino, Anichebe.

Dawson looking to take down Baggies

Michael Dawson was delighted Hull once again took a point from a trip to one of the Barclays Premier League's major sides but feels games like Saturday's against West Brom hold the key to the Tigers' season.

Ending a run of four straight defeats, Steve Bruce's men drew 1-1 with Everton at Goodison Park after a strike around the hour mark from substitute Sone Aluko cancelled out Romelu Lukaku's first-half opener for the hosts.

You look at our recent performances away from home, when we have been to the Emirates Stadium, Anfield and now Goodison Park, and we have taken a point each time.

We can take a lot out of this - even in the first half (against Everton), with as much possession as they had, how many shots did they have on goal? Not too many.

But yes, the games against the likes of West Brom and other teams that are going to be around us are where we really need to pick up the points.

– Michael Dawson

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Bruce keeping things calm at Hull

Hull boss Steve Bruce will mark his 700th match in football management with a timely trip to Old Trafford on Saturday and says experience has taught him not to panic about the Tigers' recent plight.

There could be no more fitting arena for former Manchester United star Bruce - who was first appointed player-boss at Sheffield United in 1998 - to mark his managerial milestone, but his mind will be more on arresting his side's run of three consecutive defeats.

I genuinely haven't looked at January yet - I'm happy with the squad we've got. We made big changes in the summer and some of those players are just starting to bed in and I'm sure we will get better as the season goes on.

It's all about doing all you can to keep the squad as good as it can be. Of course when you get beaten a few times the doubts creep in but you've got to keep everybody positive and make sure they believe in what you're doing.

There's not a lot wrong and we've just got to stay with it. We've got a really difficult run of games and now we're coming to a really critical part of the season.

– Hull City boss Steve Bruce
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