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The Irish international thinks Premier League survival is well worthy of praise...

Hull City were beaten 1-0 at home in yesterday's concluding Premier League fixture with a goal from Darron Gibson seeing a second-string Manchester United line-up to a relatively straightforward victory.

Despite the loss though, the Tigers stayed in the Premier League thanks to Newcastle United's defeat at Aston Villa, prompting joyous scenes in East Yorkshire that included manager Phil Brown leading the crowd in song with a microphone from the pitch.

Tigers utility player Kevin Kilbane was as delighted as his gaffer that the club would extend their debut stay in the English top flight by at least another season, and spoke of the credit that was due to the team when he spoke to Sky Sports News earlier.

"We're delighted the results went for us and we managed to stay up. We're all very pleased," he said.

"When you see the teams that have been relegated, big clubs like Newcastle [United] and Middlesbrough that have produced top ten finishes over the last few years and have been very consistent, then for us to finish above them is a massive achievement and we're all very proud of that."

Kilbane also had some kind words for relegated friends Damien Duff, a fellow Republic of Ireland international, and Ryan Taylor, both relegated with the Toon on Sunday.

"I'm gutted for them individually, but the only thing I could concentrate on yesterday, obviously, was Hull and I'm delighted for myself," he added.

"But I'm gutted for Damo [Duff] and I'll see him over this weekend with the Irish side and try and pick him up, because it's not a nice situation to be in."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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