Hull manager Phil Brown has called on his players to show their bite after tumbling into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
In contrast to last season - their first in the Premier League - when Hull were third after nine games with six wins, the Tigers have two wins and lie 18th in the table this term.
"We've got to grind results out," Brown told the club's official website. "This time last year everybody was talking about our tremendous away form and our home form not being so clever. This season the shoe seems to be on the other foot. We seem to be more of a threat at home and defensively more solid."
Bobby Zamora - a summer target for Brown - was on target as Hull were beaten 2-0 by Fulham on Monday night, and the manager has implored his side to bounce back in the home fixture with Portsmouth on Saturday.
"I'm not saying the goals we conceded were inexcusable, but they were poor from a defensive point of view," he added. "Whether it's a different mentality, I don't know. It's a massive game for us now on Saturday against Portsmouth.
"If we can produce a solid defensive display, I know we have enough talent in the side to win the game."