Hull City manager Steve Bruce is confident that his Hull team can beat their Championship rivals to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The Tigers go to Barnsley on Saturday, and should their nearest rivals Watford fail to beat Leicester City on Friday, Hull will clinch automatic promotion regardless of the result at Oakwell because of their current four point lead. 

However, should Watford pick up a win or a draw, Hull will need to match the result to secure automatic promotion this weekend. 

If Hull lose and Watford win, it will mean that Hull's lead will be cut to one point, and the battle for automatic promotion would go to the final day of the season. Despite this possibility, Hull manager Steve Bruce is in an upbeat mood.

Bruce highlighted the importance of going to Barnsley and getting a positive result regardless of the Watford result when they play Leicester City. 

In a statement made to the club's official website Bruce said: "We're in a wonderful position and it's important that we stay positive. We're four points ahead, there's two games left and we need to win one of them.

"Who wouldn't have taken that (our current position) a month ago let alone at the start of the season? 

“We've got to get it in our minds that we have to go to Barnsley and get a result. If we do that then we're promoted. Forget about what Watford do, it's all about us." 

Bruce has previous experience at managing in the top flight with Birmingham City, whom he managed to a 13th place finish in the 2002-2003 season. Bruce also has managerial experience in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic and Sunderland whom he left to join Hull in June 2012.

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