Bruce salutes Saints' style

Hull City manager Steve Bruce held his hands up to hail the team who were "a million miles better" after watching Southampton trounce his side 4-1 at St Mary's.

Last Updated: 09/11/13 at 19:13 Post Comment

Steve Bruce: Another defeat on the road for Hull City

Steve Bruce: Another defeat on the road for Hull City

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Southampton elevated themselves to third in the Premier League standings and extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana gave the hosts a 3-0 lead at the break before Yannick Sagbo gave Bruce's men hope, until Steven Davis slotted home Southampton's fourth to seal victory.

Defeat means Hull have lost five of their last six games on the road but Bruce admits he knew a visit to St Mary's would provide a stern test.

"I knew they were a very good side," he told Sky Sports. "The DVDs we've been watching have proved that.

"A return of 19 points before today is a marvellous return and a performance like that you can see exactly why they have got to the top of the league.

"It's good times if you're a Southampton fan because they have a very, very good side, apart from the obvious ones we know Southampton will be a match for anybody."

As Saints entered the break with a three-goal advantage, Bruce opted to switch his 5-3-1-1 formation to 4-4-2 with the introduction of Robert Koren at half-time and conceded he should have started the way he finished.

"You can talk about tactics, formations and systems and ours worked perfectly well against Tottenham two weeks ago and we thought we'd go that way again," he reflected.

"In hindsight I wish I'd have gone with a back four, we can all say that.

"You can say what you like about systems but sometimes you just have to say well done to the opposition, today they were the better team by a million miles.

"We didn't get beat in the second half, the first half we were close to getting blown away but they stuck at it.

"I expected them to stick at it and who knows, if we'd have got the second goal we may have made a bigger fist of it. Overall today, we were just beaten by a far better team than us."

Goalscorers Lambert and Lallana were both called into the England squad by Roy Hodgson earlier in the week, as was Saints striker Jay Rodriguez and Bruce paid homage Southampton's renowned academy system.

"You have to pay them a compliment, their academy has produced some fantastic players in the last four, five years," he added.

"To produce a player like Lallana, who has everything in his feet, you can see why three of them are in the England squad.

"When a club of Southampton's size has three players in the England squad, they must be doing things right.

"A big pat on the back to them, I went to watch Lallana four, five years ago when the team were in division one and since then they've made huge progress."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

suspect the review will conclude that Iago Aspas should never have been loaned out. Two hat-tricks in two Copa Del Rey games. One might say he has really turned a corner.

GVMUFC
'Liverpool in transfer review'

P

oise, power and (I noticed in his post match interview) freakishly large hands. You know what they say about men with big hands.......... big gloves.

disGUSting
Poise And Power: Barkley's Unique Blend

S

itting next to him in the studio will surely be the closest Jamie Carragher ever got to Thierry...

bungle1976
Henry retires and joins Sky

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Tottenham thump Newcastle 4-0 to reach the semi-finals

Tottenham thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 at White Hart Lane to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Premier League: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to be treated by Boston Red Sox staff

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge is set to spend Christmas in Boston as he continues to receive treatment on a thigh injury.

League Two: Hartlepool's new manager Ronnie Moore ready for 'biggest job'

Hartlepool's new manager Ronnie Moore says he is taking on "the biggest job in English football".

Mail Box

Pulis To Liverpool Might Just Work

One Mailboxer believes that Tony Pulis managing Liverpool isn't as silly as you might think. Plus Bournemouth aren't that romantic and we're all guilty of ignoring Everton...

It's Not As Simple As Losing Luis Suarez...

That's the view of Liverpool fans in the mailbox as the Reds continue to struggle without their talisman. Suarez isn't doing particularly well at Barca either, it should be said...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property