Aaron McLean admits early season slump may cost Hull

Hull striker says their poor run before Christmas forced the promotion hopefuls to re-evaluate their ambitions

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Aaron McLean has made 19 appearances for Hull City this season

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Hull City striker Aaron McLean insists the Tigers are desperate to make the Championship play-offs – but admits the club’s poor start to their campaign may cost them come the end of the season.

Nigel Pearson’s side won just six of their 21 matches before Christmas. But a run of 11 points from the last six games have catapulted Hull into contention and they currently lie eighth, just two points off the play-offs.

Speaking at the PFA awards in London on Sunday, McLean said: “We’re within touching distance. We’re a couple of points off it at the moment so we’ll just keep on going.

“If we finish in the top half it’s a good season for us because of how the team started the season but obviously our aim is obviously to get into the play-offs.”

The striker, who signed from Peterborough for £1m in January, added that he was enjoying the challenge of playing in the Championship.

“Obviously it’s a step up for me so to be playing with the quality of player, people like Robert Koren, it’s brilliant for me,” he said.

McLean, who has scored three goals since making the step up from League One, also said paid tribute to fellow striker Matt Fryatt, who also joined the club in January.

“Matt’s an easy player to play with. We both work hard and the partnership is going well so far,” he added.

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