Hull City have mountain to climb to avoid relegation - Steve Bruce

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Hull have mountain to climb - Bruce

Hull City have a "mountain to climb" if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League, says Tigers manager Steve Bruce.

Third-bottom Hull are two points adrift of safety after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Burnley, in which Danny Ings scored.

The East Yorkshire club's final two matches are a trip to Tottenham and against Manchester United at home.

"With points available, we have to believe we can get the results," said 54-year-old Bruce.

Hull dropped into the bottom three following Burnley's win at the KC Stadium and relegation rivals Sunderland's earlier victory at Everton.

It is their second successive defeat following Monday's home loss to Arsenal, which followed back-to-back wins against Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

Now they need a minimum of three points against Spurs or Manchester United to stand any chance of survival.

"No-one gave us a cat in hell's chance against Palace or Liverpool, but we believe we can get a result at Tottenham next week," added Bruce, who led Hull to promotion in 2013.

"We have got to play better - but we can't play any worse than we did against Burnley.

"Whether the occasion got to them, I'm not sure. Now we have got a mountain to climb."

Two from six: the relegation run-in
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*Burnley (29 pts with two games to play) are relegated
Aston Villa (38 pts)-Southampton (A)-Burnley (H)
Leicester (37 pts)-Sunderland (A)-QPR (H)
Sunderland (36 pts)-Leicester (H)Arsenal (A)Chelsea (A)
Newcastle (36 pts)-QPR (A)-West Ham (H)
Hull (34 pts)-Tottenham (A)-Man Utd (H)
QPR (27 pts)Man City (A)Newcastle (H)-Leicester (A)

Burnley earned their first victory in seven matches after Ings' second-half winner, although the Clarets's relegation to the Championship was still confirmed because of other results.

And wins for Sunderland, Leicester and Aston Villa, along with Newcastle's draw against West Brom, did not help Hull's cause either.

"It's a huge disappointment - it has been an awful weekend," said Bruce.

"For large parts the game bypassed us. That's the disappointing thing after playing so well against Crystal Palace and Liverpool a week ago.

"We played nowhere near to the standard required to win a Premier League game.

"Burnley have beaten us twice and if you want to stay in this division you have got to beat the likes of them."

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