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Elmohamady: ‘Touch wood’ now we are fantastic
Egyptian winger Ahmed Elmohamady believes his team Hull City are now reaping the rewards for their hard work from the beginning of the season, as they recover from injuries that made them suffer throughout the season.
In the last match against QPR, Hull City manager Steve Bruce was able to name an unchanged line-up for the first time since September 2014, and it paid off after they won 2-1 in injury time and moved to the 15th position in the English Premier League table.
Elmohamady has started in all of Hull City’s league matches since last season, and witnessed a lot of injuries befall his teammates: “Now that we don’t have many injuries you will notice that the results have gone for us,” he told local newspaper Hull Daily Mail.
Then Elmo praised the Tigers boss for his hard work, adding: “The manager has not had much choice recently but everyone has done fantastic and for the manager to be able to keep the same team is fantastic for us. Touch wood, no more injuries for us.
“We have a big squad but the last three games it’s been good for the players to have the same team.”
The Egyptian international described each of the two wins from the Tigers’ last two matches as “a big three points” because of the opponents (Aston Villa & QPR) being close to them in the league table.
“The most important thing was to get the three points and make it back-to-back wins.
“It’s been a long time since we last got back-to-back wins and the lads were buzzing after the game.
“Both those games against Villa and then QPR here have been a big three points because of them being around us in the league table.
“We are going to need this type of spirit as the season comes towards the end.
“You have seen from the Man City game (a 1-1 draw earlier this month) we have kept going right to the end and we are now looking forward to Stoke. It will be a tough game away.
“This shows you that we have enough to stay up. Not just here but the last three games.”
After that he talked about his teammate, Senegalese international Dame N’Doye, who was the fans’ hero last match after his late goal against QPR: “It was only his second run out and he scored and hopefully he will continue like that,” said Elmohamady.
“The most important thing for a striker to maintain his confidence is to score goals.
“He’s terrific in training and you should see him, it’s a joy and it would be great to see him continuing to score goals for us.”
Hull City are now working hard for the next match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium as they look to get another positive result to steer them further away from the relegation zone.