Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has revealed the mindset Hull City must adopt if they want to stay up.

The Tigers find themselves in a precarious position, sitting a point from safety in the Championship relegation zone, albeit with a game in-hand.

Tonight they face a Middlesbrough side just two points better off in a 'relegation six-pointer', but it will be a tough task against the Tees side who are now under the stewardship of second flight expert Neil Warnock.

City's clash with Boro this evening won't define their fate, but what could is their mindset, and they must shift from style to true grit to give themselves a chance, according to Hasselbaink.

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“They don’t have the time, unfortunately," he told Sky Sports. "If they’re going to just think about that (playing style), then they’ll go down.

"Possession won’t win them the game. It will be, being tough, being ready and showing character. If they can match that, or better that, against Middlesbrough, then they’ll have a chance.

"If they can think they’re gonna outplay them, pass and keep the ball, that’s not going to win them the game today.

"I know that is their identity but you have to show more than just that. You have to show character today."