Steve Bruce: I trust Sam Allardyce to ensure West Ham are up for Newcastle clash.

Survival hopes of Bruce's Hull side looked dented when Hammers players were given string of days off before St James' clash.

Steve Bruce claims he trusts West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to do his best to beat Newcastle.

Allardyce appeared to boost Newcastle’s survival hopes and dent Hull’s by giving his players a string of days off in the build-up to Saturday’s clash at St James’ Park.

But Bruce refused to criticise his old friend and is confident the Hammers will be properly prepared to face Newcastle.

“That’s his prerogative,” said Bruce. “It’s his business what he does with his players, but Sam’s a man of integrity and honesty and he’ll make sure his team are properly prepared for Newcastle.

“He will be wanting to win that game, and he’ll make sure his players go out there and try all they know to get a result.”

Allardyce has predicted his team will draw at Newcastle – leaving Bruce to beat Manchester United and condemn his former club to relegation.

West Ham have gone 11 away games without a win since a victory at West Brom in December and have scored only twice in their last five games.

But Allardyce, who was sacked by Newcastle in 2008, insisted: “The odds are probably a draw at the moment.

“And I am sure between Newcastle and Hull and whatever the situation, and how it changes, it will be making either side very, very nervous.

"But for us it is about concentrating on ourselves and trying to win.”

Hull boss Bruce is desperate to avoid having another relegation on his CV after going down with Birmingham in 2006.

Bruce has never beaten his old club United in 21 attempts as a manager, knows how catastrophic relegation can be.

“Personally, I went down with Birmingham a few years ago, and I don’t want another relegation on my CV because it’s tough to live with,” he said.

“It’s a blot on the copy book, that’s for sure, but the worst thing of all is that when it happens, you have to start all over again, rebuilding the club from scratch.

“It’s going right down to the wire and, if there is to be one final twist, why shouldn’t it be in our favour for once? We’re capable, so let’s hope we can pull it off.”

Gambling fan David Meyler insists outsiders Hull are worth a punt to win their battle to beat the drop.

The Irish midfielder said: “I sure do like a bet, and I would certainly put it on at 3-1 that Hull stay up.

“I’ve had loads of winners at that price, and let’s hope my tip this time turns out to be the biggest and most important of the lot.

“There’s no reason why it can’t happen, and I still believe in all my team-mates, the manager and all the staff.

“It’s going to be tough, for sure, and there’s going to be a lot of tension around the place. But pressure? That just makes me laugh.

“In my mind, pressure is what you put in tyres. This is a game of football, and all the lads in our dressing-room are really looking forward to it.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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