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Elmohamady targets top half

Ahmed Elmohamady has set his sights on a top-half finish for Hull City, but admits Premier League survival is the club's priority.

There are a host of sides still involved in the relegation battle, with Hull currently eight points clear of the drop zone in 12th place.

Elmohamady accepts that the main focus has to be on staying up, but he is hoping to finish the season in style and push into the upper half, as well as reach the final of the FA Cup.

"I want us to finish in the top 10. That would be a big achievement," Elmohamady said in the Hull Daily Mail. "That and getting to Wembley in the final. What a season that would be for everyone.

"I am told we are in the club's highest ever position so it would be great to achieve that. The club has been here a long time.

"The main thing is staying in the Premier League and that is the priority, but a high position would be great."

Elmohamady has started all 30 of Hull's Premier League games this season, as well as making four further appearances in their run to the FA Cup semi-finals, and he has loved playing such an important role.

"I am really enjoying this season. It has been great. I wanted to play as much as possible and that is how it has turned out," said the Egyptian.

"It isn't just me, though. Everyone from the players to the manager and the fans are enjoying this season but now we have to finish what we started.

"We go to Wembley for a semi-final and we hope to beat Sheffield United. It would be amazing to get in the final."

Having beaten West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at the weekend, the next task for Hull is to try and win at West Ham United for the first time since 1990.

Elmohamady said: "I thought West Brom was a good game but now we have another tough one on Wednesday night.

"But we are really looking forward to it. West Ham is huge. If we get the three points then we will be in a very good position.

"It was a massive three points against West Brom. They are one of the teams below us so it was important that we moved further away from them.

"In games like that, it is like there are six points available. If West Brom had won, they would have been close to us. But now we have a nice gap on them and a few others."