Eldin Jakupovic is confident Hull can stay up
The Tigers have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance since Marco Silva arrived in January, winning seven of eight games on home soil.
Wednesday’s thrilling 4-2 victory over Middlesbrough lifted Silva’s men above Swansea and out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.
Switzerland goalkeeper Jakupovic said: “The most important thing now is the team spirit. We believe we can do it and we are going to do it.
“We played fantastic football from the first minute to the last against Middlesbrough. We have to believe and I think everything will be okay. I enjoyed watching us play.”
Jakupovic is a popular figure with Hull supporters and is not afraid to show his emotions during games, not least when his team find the net.
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“That’s my character,” he said. “Sometimes when I see myself on television I think, ‘Why did you do that?’
“I’m laughing about myself but if we score a goal, emotions are there and I have to do something.
“I want to help the team with my crazy character and the players know that. I’m loud in training as well.”
Hull’s on-loan Everton striker Oumar Niasse added: “The team is very much together now and all the guys understand that we need to fight for each other. It’s our time now in these last seven games.”
For Middlesbrough, an immediate return to the Championship beckons after a shambolic defensive display in which captain Ben Gibson was particularly culpable.
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The Boro captain, whose side are now seven points from safety ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Burnley, said: “We didn’t play the way we wanted to or should have.
“We’re used to being solid and we weren’t. I’ll hold my hands up, I’ve got to do better for some of the goals.
“It was far from good enough from all of us, myself included, but there are eight games and 24 points still to fight for.
“It was a big blow at Hull, but we have to get on with it quickly. It’s a massive game against Burnley now. We won’t stop believing and won’t stop fighting.”