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Boyd harbours European goal

Hull City midfielder George Boyd insists the club have more than Premier League survival in mind, with one eye on European competition.

The Tigers travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday knowing the eventual winners of the trophy will earn a place in the Europa League.

City's impressive start to the season, six wins and five draws from their opening 20 top-flight matches, leaves them comfortably placed in mid-table, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Scotland international Boyd believes a strong start to the Premier League campaign allows breathing space for a cup run and claims his team-mates have been inspired by the recent successes of Wigan and Swansea.

"Of course, our biggest aim is to stay in the Premier League, but what we also want is to do well in the cup," he told the Daily Mirror.

"It probably represents our best chance of success because anything can happen in cup football.

"Swansea and Wigan showed what can be done."

Wigan beat Manchester City to claim the FA Cup in a dramatic final last term and won a place in the Europa League, alongside Capital One Cup winners Swansea, and Boyd would love to see Hull compete on the continent for the first time in the club's history.

"There's a place in the Europa League on offer to the winners and this club has never played in European competition," he added.

"It would be great to make that happen."

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