Hull boss Phil Brown led the celebrations after his side's dramatic escape from relegation.

The Tigers were beaten 1-0 by an under-strength Manchester United at the KC Stadium but clung on to their Barclays Premier League place courtesy of Newcastle's loss at Aston Villa.

Brown, who went onto the pitch and sang a rendition of the supporters' "This is the best trip I've ever been on", said: "I think everyone has expected us this season to be one of the bottom three and I think we have proved a lot of people wrong."

He added: "How we have done it has been different - especially after those first nine games. It wasn't about the one today but the 37 before that and I don't think anyone can have any complaints.

"We got to where we got to with sheer guts, determination, drive - all of the things that have been questioned at times."

Hull were beaten by a stunning strike from United youngster Darron Gibson, who fired home from distance midway through the first half.

That goal put Hull into the relegation zone, as things stood, but the mood lifted before half-time as news of a Villa goal filtered through.

Hull then had to battle through a nervy second half and despite failing to improve their own situation, the news from elsewhere remained good.

Brown added: "It was at times unbearable because 1-0 is such an important scoreline. It can win and lose you games but you are never out of the game.

"With both games being 1-0 I was looking at Ian Ashbee and Jimmy Bullard behind the dug-out, both with telephones. Did we have to score a goal or could we afford to lose 1-0? That was a negative vibe I'm not used to - but it was enough."

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