Silva focused fully on Hull and dismisses speculation of a move away

As things stand, City are now 17th in the Premier League with 66 points from 34 games this season, coming off the back of three wins and one draw from their last six games, picking up more points than Arsenal since Silva arrived. Silva has been fortunate that the last five of these fixtures have been against bottom-eight teams and while the Tigers have managed to net at least twice in each of these games, they've kept only one clean sheet.

"The speculation with a coach and the players is normal in football and it starts now".

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On-loan Man City defender Jason Denayer and midfielders Darron Gibson, Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole all missed the home defeat to Bournemouth. In case manager Nuno Espírito Santo fails to get the title, he would be sacked and Porto would go for the Hull City boss. "Our home form gives confidence to our players, but this is a new game", the Portuguese boss added. "I think it's more even than the table shows, certainly from a mental point of view".

Eldin Jakupovic saved an injury-time penalty to help Hull inch closer to Premier League safety and condemned Sunderland to relegation by drawing 0-0 at Southampton on Saturday. Two years ago, when this club was last in the Premier League, very late in the season there was a game against Burnley at home. He expressed "the only important thing is that we need to do our own work and try to win our games if possible".


However, Defoe's goalless run in the Premier League now stands at 10 appearances and 945 minutes since scoring against Crystal Palace on February 4.

Marco Silva was instantly thrown in to the hot-seat, with odds as low as 7/2 that he would be Southampton's next manager.

Hull are the only side to not score against Sunderland so far this season in the Premier League.

"It is tight. It would be the first time ever". The other two occasions were both against Newcastle (in 2013-14 and 2014-15).


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