Super Eagles right full back, Ola Aina is fully convinced that his Championship side, Hull City would definitely ride the tide of relegation successfully following a commendable defensive 0-0 result against Aston Villa in their clash at the KC stadium last weekend.
The Chelsea loanee and his team put in a defensive masterclass to deny their promotion-chasing visitors who sit fourth in the Championship a victory and the result ensured they kept their six point lead away from the relegation zone intact.
As Nigel Adkins men travel to the Molineux Stadium to take on league leaders, Wolverhampton in another domestic meeting Tuesday, Ola Aina and his teammates are not in any way resting on their laurels and the 21-year old is upbeat of their chances of survival as the season’s run in goes down the wire.
“I feel confident in the team and I have belief in the team that we can stay up,” Aina told Hull Daily Mail.
“The team is confident as well. No one has really got it in their mind that we could go down.
“We’re all good players and I’m sure everyone’s mindset is focused on us staying up. For sure, that’s what we’re going to do.”
Speaking about the 3-0 defeat to Birmingham just before the international break which threatened to sully their aspirations, he enthused that he and his teammates had very much put aside that momentary setback to give a better response with the Villa game.
“The Birmingham game wasn’t the greatest obviously but we’ve had a break and come back fully charged,” said Aina.
“Every time we play there’s a discussion afterwards, we don’t just sweep it under the rug. We discuss it and make sure we do things to resolve it. Home or away, we have to play well. If we do that then we stay up.
“We knew Villa were a good side and it would be tough but we felt like we could have taken all three points. It wasn’t meant to be but it was a good performance and the team is happy with it.”
Following that latest 0-0 draw, Aina and his defensive minded peers of Michael Hector, Max Clark and Michael Dawson have now conceded just five goals from open play in their last nine games in the league and the 21-year old was particularly effusive in his praise for Michael Dawson.
“It’s been good with Daws,” Aina added. “He’s a leader on the pitch and off it, he’s our captain and it’s all right. I’ve enjoyed it vastly. He’s helped me a lot. He’s a good pro and you can see that in everything he does.
“If you’re not up to standards, he’ll tell you. He doesn’t moan but he tells you. He keeps me on my toes throughout the game and that helps for a young lad like me.”
Hull City are placed 18th after 39 games in the Championship, having garnered 40 points from them.