Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Steve Bruce Admits To Being Bored By Hull Win

Steve Bruce admits he's glad this win is history – after sitting through the season's biggest switch off. 

Stephen Quinn may have fired Hull back into second spot as the Tigers put a stop to their away day rot with this 1-0 win at Burnley.

But Bruce conceded his side bored the pants of a television audience expecting to tune into a rough and tumble Championship encounter - and their own boss.

The visitors strung five across the back and used another stopper in Alex Bruce as a shielding player in midfield.

And for 65 minute they smothered the game. That was until Bruce finally let his attacking dogs off the leash and watched subs Robert Koren and Jay Simpson instantly combine to create the winner.

He said: “Sky were here and I bet most of their viewers were switching over to the History channel by 60 minutes, I certainly would have.

“It was a horrible, hard game but if you are going to be successful and win leagues you have to come to places like this and get something – and that is what we did.

“We defended well and then put on our attacking players to try and win the match. I didn't expect it would happen within 40 seconds though!

“It gave us that bit of quality and they showed what that can do.”

Quinn drilled in his first goal since October 2nd with a low finish after Koren found Simpson in the box and he rolled a pass into the Irishman's path.

And it was not just the clinical finishing that pleased Bruce – the clean sheet was just as welcome.

The Tigers chief has been scratching his head after seeing his formerly frugal defence ship goals galore on the road in recent weeks.

Keeper David Stockdale conceded four times in crushing defeats at Bolton and Crystal Palace.

But there was little chance of the Tigers shot-stopper enduring another humbling 90 minutes at Turf Moor.

Bruce admitted: “We reminded a few of their jobs before the game after the recent results away from home.”

Quinn was Hull's dangerman, rather surprisingly as he had gone 29 games without a goal coming into this game and that barren run looked set to continue when he headed wide in the opening minutes.

But once he netted there was no way back for the home side. Sean Dyche's men are on a miserable run of one win in nine.

And their lack of confidence was obvious as they only created one decent chance, and that came in stoppage time.

Sub Sam Vokes found Charlie Austin in the box but the hitman heading wide of the target – much to Hull's relief.

Dyche said: “There is too much fear in the group. We are playing with fear and we can't do that.

“We have not got any freedom and too many of them are playing in the constrainted manner.

“There is a lot of expectation and that is something they are going to have to learn to deal with.” 

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