Kevin Kilbane has his say on Newcastle United's survival hopes

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Newcastle United will survive due to Hull City's run-in according to one BBC pundit

Football pundit Kevin Kilbane has given his opinion to the BBC on Newcastle United’s Premier League survival hopes this season, after watching them draw 1-1 with his former club West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies went ahead through Victor Anichebe with 13 minutes of the first half remaining, and at that point things did not look good for John Carver’s side.

But Ayoze Perez chose a great time to score his seventh goal of the season, finding the net in the 41st minute and ultimately helping the Magpies to a share of the spoils.

It may not have been the victory Carver and United’s fans were desperate for to really ease their relegation worries, but a point is a step in the right direction after eight straight defeats.

Speaking on the BBC after the clash, Kilbane suggested Newcastle will stay up more due to Hull City’s tough run-in than their own form, although he did say Carver’s men had shown some much-needed fight in the final straight.

“I can see Newcastle staying up only because Hull have two difficult matches against Tottenham and Manchester United,” Kilbane said. “Newcastle showed a bit of fight and I think they will stay up.”

Newcastle are currently two points clear of Hull with two games remaining for each side and the Tigers occupying the final relegation place.

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