Jones retains slim hope
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones is refusing to give up hope of a "miraculous" escape from relegation. The Teessiders head into Sunday's final-day trip to West Ham knowing their fate was as good as sealed by their failure to beat Aston Villa at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Boro remain in the Premier League only by virtue of goal difference with 17th-placed Hull three points and four goals better off. Gareth Southgate's men would need a victory at Upton Park, coupled with a home defeat for Hull by Manchester United and a swing of five goals, and even then, a point for Newcastle at Villa would see them drop into the Championship. Jones, who could do nothing to prevent John Carew's second-half equaliser at the weekend, said: "We have to look at it that we are not out of it yet, so we have got to go into it and try to be positive, really go for it and hope things go our way. "Obviously, it's going to be difficult and we are going to be relying on maybe Manchester United's second string, but things can happen. "For the moment, we haven't given up and we have got to go into next week and do another job. It's going to be a miracle, but maybe that point might just get us something. It's going to be difficult, but we have got to go into it and believe we can still do it."
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