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Ahmed Elmohamady: We should be in the top 10
Following four straight defeats, Hull City were able to grab one point against Everton on Wednesday night thanks to a brilliant solo goal by Nigeria international Sone Aluko.
Hull Daily Mail interviewed the Tiger’s Egyptian right back Ahmed Elmohamady following their fine performance as he assured that Steve Bruce’s leadership will help them turn things around after speculation that the manager has lost the dressing room’s faith.
“He’s had 700 games in the job so he’s got really good experience and I’ve been with him for five years now,” said the Egypt international.
“He always gives us good advice and he’s told us we’ve got some big games to look forward to that we can get points from.
“We are all together. When we win, we’re all together, when we get promotion, we’re all together – it’s all about everyone here.
“The manager is great for us because he is always speaking in a positive way to us.
“It’s hard, but he knows what to do because he’s been in this situation before and he always tells us before we go on the pitch ‘go and enjoy your football, just play and give your best’.
Following their draw against Everton, a point lifted Hull to 17th just above Burnley who they beat in goal difference. The Tigers play a very important game against 16th placed West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The 27-year-old also expressed his ambition to help his team to the top half of the table.
“Our position has surprised me to be honest,” he said.
“Some games we should win, you know, but sometimes in football you get unlucky. To be honest, though, we shouldn’t be in this position.
“We should be in the top 10 now, and it’s a big disappointment that we’re not. But sometimes that happens in football, but we’ll learn from it and move forward.
Apart from the Chelsea and Sunderland away games, Hull City have three games at home this month against West Bromwich, Swansea and Leicester, which could be the Tiger’s ticket away from the relegation zone.
“We can still turn it around because it is still early in the season.
“There are important players to come into the team and we have a fantastic manager, so we can pick up the points that will take us into the top 10,” Elmohamady stated.
Elmohamady then commented about how the squad needs time to show more cohesiveness.
“Some great players have come to the team in the summer, but it takes time to adjust to a new team but, yes, I think we’re much stronger than last year.
“There have been some great performances this year and some great players coming to the team. So we hope to start picking up the points now,” concluded the Egyptian.
Steve Bruce’s faith in Elmohamady’s ability reflects on the Egyptian’s appearance count as he has started his 52nd game in a row for the Tigers in the league vs Everton.
Following Egypt’s failure in the AFCON qualifiers, Elmohamady will be available to play for his club during the competition.