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Saturday 23 November 2019

Rosenior praises Tigers style

Hull City manager Steve Bruce wants his side to remain grounded after their win over Liverpool
Hull City manager Steve Bruce wants his side to remain grounded after their win over Liverpool
Liam Rosenior believes the way Hull play is key to their success

Liam Rosenior believes Hull are on course to stay up in style after back-to-back wins gave their Barclays Premier League survival prospects a mighty boost.

The Tigers looked down and out heading into the weekend on a six-match winless streak but six points from games against Crystal Palace and Liverpool have lifted them four points clear of the drop zone.

And defender Rosenior insists his side's class is starting to tell through the manner in which they have set about extricating themselves from an increasingly ominous position in the bottom three.

He said: "It's not just that we have won the games but the style in which we have won the games.

"When you're under pressure and down there, teams tend to kick and fight and scrap out a 1-0 win. But the performance levels and the way we played bodes well for the future.

"It's not just down to character. We have a lot of quality players here and I'm delighted they have been able to show under such extreme pressure what good players they are."

Despite finding themselves in an eminently more healthy position thanks to Michael Dawson's 36th-minute winner against Brendan Rodgers' men, Rosenior acknowledged his side still have plenty of work to do to avoid the drop.

Three of the Tigers' last four games are at home - but two of those are against Arsenal and Manchester United, with the Gunners next to visit the KC Stadium on Monday.

Rosenior added: "There is still work to do and it's not over yet, but we have gone a long way to maintaining our status. There are no days off - we need to keep being professional to make sure we stay in the league.

"These are all lads who have been in the Championship and know how hard it is to get out of it. It's great for us that we have got that motivation and hopefully if we can get a few more points, we will be staying in the Premier League."

Tigers boss Steve Bruce has seen his side's hopes further boosted by an easing of the club's injury list, with Mohamed Diame and Andy Robertson both expected to return to play a further part in the run-in.

Rosenior himself - a last-minute substitute for the impressive Dame N'Doye against Liverpool - has battled back from four months out with a hamstring injury as he looks to end a difficult personal campaign on a high.

"Four months out has been frustrating because I've always wanted to play and be a part of things here," he added. "But as long as we stay in the Premier League, maybe I can kick on next season."

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