JACK HUNT looked back on a disappointing defeat at Hull and said: “It hurts me to say it, but it could have been by more.
“There looked to be a big difference between the two teams, and we need to do far better to turn things around.”
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While Town, who were sixth a month ago, have slipped to 17th in the Championship after taking just two points from 18, Hull are fourth as they aim to reclaim the Premier League place lost in 2010.
“Hull are a very good side who kept the ball well,” added Hunt, who played a more advanced right wing-back role in a 3-5-2 formation.
“They caused us problems and they deserved to win, and in all honesty they could have scored five or six. They hit the bar and had a lot of chances.
“But we made it too easy for them, and this defeat hurts massively.
“They are well up the table and playing well, but we believe that if we play as we can do, we can beat anyone in this division, and we’ve shown that in the past.
“But we didn’t do the things we needed to in this match.
“Our ball retention was poor, we didn’t pass well enough and we defended poorly at times.
“We didn’t make them work hard enough for their goals and we didn’t have a shot on target, which is very disappointing.
“I thought we looked tired, and when you don’t keep the ball, you have to keep chasing the opposition so that makes you more tired.”
Town head to second-placed Crystal Palace this Saturday (5.20, live on Sky Sports) before hosting Blackpool on Boxing Day (3.00) and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, December 29 (12.30) and Hunt admitted: “We know we have to improve big time.”
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Palace squandered a two-goal lead supplied by Glenn Murray’s double in drawing at Birmingham.
But Ian Holloway’s side are now just two points behind Cardiff, who suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat by Peterborough.