Former Hull City captain Ian Ashbee has warned the Premier League club to show some fight if they are to remain in the top flight.
The fourth-bottom Tigers travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday April 25 looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
Steve Bruce’s team are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Ashbee, who captained Hull in all four professional divisions, told BBC Radio Humberside: “I’m struggling to get any kind of confidence at the moment.
“I think teams are playing better than us and some of the teams that are in and around us are fighting a bit harder than we are, which is disappointing.
Hull City’s remaining Premier League fixtures
- Crystal Palace (a), April 25
- Liverpool (h), April 28
- Arsenal (h), May 4
- Burnley (h), May 9
- Tottenham (a), May 16
- Manchester United (h) May 24
“Other teams are fighting to stay in there, while we look like we think we’ve got a good enough squad just to stay in there. It doesn’t work like that.”
Hull’s run-in includes matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham.
They also have a crunch fixture with fellow strugglers Burnley.
Ashbee, 38, was relegated after two seasons in the top flight with Hull in 2010 and says they need to get their act together this to avoid a repeat.
The former midfielder said: “We need a big performance to kickstart a mini-run at the end of the season.
“We need to get some points on the board sharpish, otherwise I think we’ll be bang in trouble.”
Can Hull survive? Ladbrokes make the Tigers 8/11 to go down.