Long-term talks on hold for Dowie

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Iain Dowie will not discuss his long-term future at Hull with chairman Adam Pearson until the end of the season.

The former Crystal Palace and Coventry boss was brought in for the final nine games following the sacking of Phil Brown two weeks ago and has made a decent start to life at the KC Stadium, with a last-gasp defeat at Portsmouth followed by an impressive 2-0 victory over Fulham last weekend.

And the manager is keeping his focus on the pitch, saying: "I don't think we'd do that (discuss the future) yet. When we came here, I knew exactly what the remit was. I've got seven games to go. Come the weekend after the season finishes, then we'll get to it. All that matters is that Hull are somehow in the Premier League, and that's the focus."

It is Hull's away form that has kept them in the bottom three and they travel to Stoke on Saturday still looking for a first win on the road this term.

The Potters came up with Hull the season before last but have avoided the struggles their rivals have endured and currently sit 11th in the table - 12 points clear of the bottom three.

Tony Pulis' side have become renowned for their physical approach and prowess from set-pieces but Dowie believes their footballing credentials get overlooked.

He continued: "Tony's got some power and pace and no lack of quality. Sometimes it's disrespectful for people to talk about the job Tony's done because it's always linked to the way he makes them play.

"He's got (Matthew) Etherington, he's got (Ricardo) Fuller - whose goal (against West Ham) was sublime last week - (Glenn) Whelan's a good footballer.

"They score goals at set-pieces but that's testimony to the way he (Pulis) drills them. They're organised, they know where the delivery is and they punch their weight.

"You have to cope with it but they can play as well, there's no question about that, and the fact they're mid-table is all that needs to be said about Tony. We've got a strategy and hopefully it'll work well on Saturday."

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