Date: 17th January 2018 at 10:18pm
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Jon Toral has been previewing this weekend’s trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland and he feels Hull City need a better balance between defence and attack to help us to three points.

With defensive improvements clear following Nigel Adkins arriving at the club, Hull have registered three clean sheets in the last five games and that was the same number we achieved in the opening 24 games of the campaign.

With Sunderland representing an important three points for us with a three point gap between both sides, Toral told the Official Site.

‘Our performances have been much better of late. That’s come as a result of lots of hard work from everyone on the training pitch. We’ve been playing much better and been much tighter at the back, which gives us a platform to go on and win games from. Keeping clean sheets has given everyone a lift but we know that we have to deliver the goods at the other end of the pitch now.’

With a defensive basis now achieved, Toral knows it’s the other end of the pitch we need to show improvements on now and start hitting the back of the net on a far more regular basis once more.

‘We know we need to add goals to our improved performances. The goals were flying in at the start of the season, but we were conceding far too many at the other end. We’ve become stronger at the back now, and the clean sheets show that but we now have to find the right balance going forward as well. We need to get back to sticking the ball in the back of the net. We need to find that balance between being creative and offensive and not being punished at the back.

He went on to say that confidence was high in the group and he felt that we could have a much more rewarding second half to the season.

‘We’re coming towards the end of January now and we have to deliver the goods. We have to show that we don’t deserve to be where we are in the table and the get the results needed to move us up the table. It’s another big game on Saturday against a side in and around us in the table. We know how important the match us and we’ll go there looking to get the three points. The morale in the camp is good – we all believe in ourselves and each other and we’ll head to Sunderland in good spirits.’

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