Hull City boss claims they are a match for anyone; refuses to rule out automatic promotion

Hull City KC North Stand

Hull City are looking for a strong finish to their season, to put pressure on those above them in the Championship.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce claims that his side have not given up hope of automatic promotion, and that on their day the Tigers can match anyone.

Bruce spoke to Sky Sports following his side's 2-1 victory over Championship strugglers Reading last night.

"We're still eight points adrift and unless there's an almighty collapse by those above us, which you cling to, then we won't go straight up," Bruce said. "As I said from the off, we've got no divine right to do that. But we've got ourselves in the play-offs and we'll be a match for anybody. If that's got to be our route, then we'll have to accept that and get on with it."

Hull currently sit fourth in the Championship, with their play-off place guaranteed. Their push for promotion was hampered however, following just one win in eight league games, but back-to-back victories have steadied the ship.

Bruce had no answer for their dip in form, and suggested it is just one of those things that happens in football:

"Even if you're the greatest team, sometimes at the wrong time you can lose a bit of form - like the mighty Barcelona. That's football."

Bruce's men have four games remaining in the Championship, and with three of those to be played at the KC Stadium Hull will be looking to take the maximum 12 points, while hoping one of the three teams above them experiences a monumental collapse.

The Tigers host Leeds United on Saturday, where nothing less than a victory will do.

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