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Bruce didn't expect Hull survival battle

Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he never imagined the Tigers would be fighting for their Premier League lives after starting their campaign with arguably the strongest squad in the club's history.

Bruce was widely credited with landing the pick of the transfer deadline day buys with Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and on-loan Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa all arriving at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce could be taking his team down. Credit: PA

"At the end of August when I looked at the squad I didn't think we would be in this situation. There have been many reasons why but I don't really want to make excuses - this isn't the time for it.

"We've had a tough four or five months with big players not being able to take part but we've got to take it on the chin and accept we haven't been good enough. We've got one last chance to redeem ourselves."

Dawson hopeful Man United win will keep Hull up

Michael Dawson will lead his side on Sunday. Credit: PA

Hull City captain Michael Dawson believes a win over Manchester United at home on the final day of the season will see them survive.

The Tigers are currently two points adrift of Newcastle and need three points on Sunday to give them a chance of staying up.

They say in the Premier League there'll be a twist and hopefully it'll go our way.

The pressure is on Newcastle and Sunderland as well, but we know we have to win and I believe if we do win we'll have enough to stay in this league.

If Newcastle and Sunderland win they are obviously safe but they are playing with pressure.

We beat Liverpool at home and hopefully we can have another performance and result like that.

Hopefully a win will be good enough, it's out of our hands.

– Michael Dawson


Hull boss Bruce: We need a result at Spurs

Steve Bruce is looking to for a point, at least. Credit: PA

Steve Bruce believes his Gull City team need to get a draw at Spurs on Saturday to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive.

Hull are currently two points adrift of safety, but race a Spurs team with nothing to play for at White Hart Lane.

Let's hope we can take it to the last game. That's our objective now. We need to get a result at Tottenham and keep it alive.

We need seven or eight of our players at the top of their form on Saturday. We have to perform to the level to give is a chance.

Can we come out fighting? If we get beat we get beat with our boots on and if that's not enough we have to accept the consequences.

We sincerely hope there is going to be one last twist, it's our job to get a result and give us a chance. It's up to us to produce a performance, which we know were capable of.

– Steve Bruce
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