Hull boss happy to win ugly

Hull boss Steve Bruce was content to claim all three points against Burnley, even if the match was a turn-off.

Last Updated: 12/03/13 at 07:33 Post Comment

Steve Bruce: Pleased to see Hull end run of three straight defeats on the road

Steve Bruce: Pleased to see Hull end run of three straight defeats on the road

There was little on show in sub-zero temperatures to warm the cockles of a sparse crowd, but Stephen Quinn finished off a smart move in the 66th minute to Bruce's relief.

"It was never going to be pretty on the type of night," Bruce, whose side moved into second place, said.

"It was a horrible hard evening but if you're going to be successful and win leagues then you've got to sometimes come to places like this on a horrible night and get something. That's what we've done."

Following three consecutive defeats away from home, conceding four apiece at Bolton and Crystal Palace in their last two, Bruce was pleased to see resilience return to Hull's play.

"We wanted to make sure there was a determination about us not to concede and we reminded a few what their jobs are," he added.

"Before those two games, that's what we've built our season on - we've played some wonderful football but defensively, up until a week ago, we had the second best defensive record in the league.

"That's why we've got to the top because we haven't scored many.

"So we just needed reminding of what we're about and what we're trying to do. We were a bit more like it tonight."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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