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By ESPN Staff

Hull boss Brown hopes for Toon-Boro draw

Hull boss Phil Brown has his fingers crossed that Premier League relegation rivals Newcastle and Middlesbrough will do his side a favour by cancelling each other out at St James' Park on Monday evening.

A win for either north-east team would take them level on points the Tigers, who could even be in the drop zone by the time they play Bolton next week after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Stoke.

"The most difficult part of the job is trying to maintain self-belief," he said.

"We have still got two games to go and all eyes will be on the game [tonight].

"No doubt we want a draw from that game so it remains in our hands.

"It is a must-win game at the Reebok Stadium and we have got to get something from both remaining games.

"I'm still confident, still believing and have asked the players to keep the faith."

Stoke's win, courtesy of goals from Ricardo Fuller and Liam Lawrence, lifted Tony Pulis' men to 42 points and guaranteed safety in their first season back in the top flight since 1985.

"It means everything and to prove a lot of people wrong is nice," Pulis said.

Another team with an eye on this evening's game will be West Brom, who kept their survival hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Wigan.

Two goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune and another from Chris Brunt put the Baggies level on points with Boro and the Magpies.

"I can't do anything about anyone else's results. I've got to look after our own and keep going," said Baggies boss Tony Mowbray.

"We have to believe and keep going. Our home form has been all right all season, we've won a fair few games."

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia will not be watching Monday's match.

Saturday's 0-0 draw at Bolton meant either Newcastle or Middlesbrough would need two wins to overtake the Black Cats.

"I am not going to watch it," revealed Sbragia. "I would prefer to be down at the pub rather than pulling my hair out watching it myself.

"When Newcastle played Portsmouth a couple of weeks ago, I got a text from a friend at 10.20pm telling me it was a draw. Hopefully I will get the same text again."


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