Agnew hopeful of Middlesbrough survival

Britain Soccer Football - Hull City v Middlesbrough - Premier League - The Kingston Communications Stadium - 5/4/17 Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew as Hull City manager Marco Silva looks on Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic/Files

REUTERS - Middlesbrough can emulate relegation-threatened teams from the past few seasons and go on a winning run in their remaining games to stay in the Premier League, interim manager Steve Agnew said.

Middlesbrough are 19th in the table having failed to win a league game since mid-December and are six points adrift of safety with seven games left to play. Leicester City and Sunderland have escaped relegation with late positive runs in recent years.

Leicester won seven of their last nine fixtures during the 2014-15 campaign to remain in the league and Sunderland survived last year by avoiding defeat in their last six games.

"You can get improbable results and late rallies at this time of the year," Agnew told British media.

"It's happened in recent seasons with both Sunderland and Leicester. They have shown that one win can literally change lots of things and it can also affect other teams around you in the table, so that's what we aim to do."

Middlesbrough will be aiming for their fourth home league win of the season when they host Arsenal on Monday.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)