Dawson: Bolton game like any other

The Tigers travel to the Reebok Stadium looking to pull themselves

out of the bottom three with victory over one of their chief

relegation rivals. Coming after a run of just two points from 15

and ahead of matches against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester

United, the game has been billed as a traditional ‘six-pointer’.

Hull and Bolton are both level on 17 points and neither will want

to fall much behind the other, but Dawson wants to keep the game in

perspective. The 31-year-old left-back said: “It’s one game out of

38 in the Premier League. “Yes, it’s a big game and they’re in the

eight to 10 that could be struggling at the end of the season and

we know how important it is, but it’s just up to us to go and

perform as we have in the last few games. “Bolton is no more

important than Man United or any other game this season.” Hull have

played two games more than the Trotters but at least go into the

game buoyed by a spirited display against Manchester United on

Sunday. Phil Brown’s side pegged the champions back at 1-1 in the

second half of a frenetic encounter at the KC Stadium, but were

ultimately beaten 3-1 after a Wayne Rooney-inspired revival. Dawson

turned a Rooney cross into his own net as United hit back but the

defender is far from downbeat and is relishing the games ahead. He

said: “The manager’s quoted that we can win every game and the

players believe that as well. We have shown that at times. “We know

at the start of the season the bonus games (against top teams), but

we showed last year that the points we took from those games kept

us in the division. “It’s a bonus if you get a win or even get a

point from them but we know we are capable. “There is always a

sense of respect (towards the big sides) but it’s been shown more

than ever that it is possible for teams to get points against the

top four. “As players we believe we can go out and win and in the

bigger picture it is a positive that we don’t go out and get beat

by five or six. We’ll go out every time and give 110%. “The manager

said after the (United) game we need to work even harder at Bolton

now and we’ve shown what we are capable of.” Hull have injury

doubts over Paul McShane, Geovanni and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

but Seyi Olofinjana is available after being given permission by

Nigeria to delay his departure for the African Nations Cup.