Michael Dawson says Hull City have to win their last seven Championship matches - starting at Huddersfield Town on Saturday - to have any chance of automatic promotion.

The fourth-placed Tigers were hoping Town could do them a favour on Tuesday by putting the brakes on second-placed Middlesbrough.

But David Wagner’s side were beaten 3-0 on Teesside as Hull, relegated from the Premier League last season, lost 4-0 at Derby County.

The upshot was that Steve Bruce’s side were left seven points adrift of Boro and eight off leaders Burnley, on whom they have a game in hand.

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The Derby setback was the heaviest loss of former Town manager Steve Bruce’s Hull reign, which began in June 2012.

And skipper Dawson, the former Tottenham Hotspur centre-back, said: “It is a big dent in what we are looking to achieve.

“We have seven points to make up with seven games to go.

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“It certainly looks like we are going to have to win all seven to close the gap, and that is what we have to try and do.

“Derby was a bad night. To concede four was devastating, but we move on and look to Huddersfield.

“We have seven games to go and we have to win all seven.

“It is a big ask, but with the players we have got, we can go on that kind of run.”

Hull, who have lost their last three away games, have right-back Moses Odubajo suspended after his red card at Derby.”