Jak ready for McGregor scrap

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JAMES McMATH

ELDIN JAKUPOVIC has vowed to hang on to the No.1 spot at Hull City.

The un­known Swiss stop­per was thrown in at the deep end to face Liver­pool on Satur­day be­cause of in­juries to firstchoice keeper Al­lan McGregor and back-up Steve Harper.

It was only Jakupovic’s sec­ond start in the Premier League and he kept a clean sheet as Hull picked up a point at An­field. Scot­land keeper McGregor is near­ing a re­turn, while Harper is a fort­night away from fit­ness.

But Jakupovic says both will face a fight to win back their place.

“I’ll try my best to stay in the team. I want to give the man­ager a dif­fi­cult decision, but ul­ti­mately it is up to him,” said Jakupovic. “I just want to show peo­ple what I can do. I very much en­joyed Satur­day and I’m very happy about the clean sheet – but I’m even more happy with the point.

“I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous with it be­ing at An­field, I wasn’t very re­laxed, but after the first save from Mario Balotelli, all the nerves went away.

“I en­joyed the clean sheet on Satur­day, but now my fo­cus is on next week­end.”

Jakupovic joined Hull after leav­ing Greek club Aris in 2012. He has made only nine ap­pear­ances for the Tigers and spent three months on loan with Ley­ton Ori­ent last sea­son.

The 30-year-old added: “I work hard ev­ery day with our goal­keep­ing coach and I know I need to prove my­self in ev­ery game to be a part of this team.

“I was happy to be able to help the team on Satur­day.

“It’s ex­cit­ing, but I’m al­ready look­ing ahead and con­cen­trat­ing on the next game.”

UP FOR A FIGHT: Jakupovic

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