Ben Amos may start for Hull City at Birmingham after Steve Bruce admits being 'hasty'
STEVE Bruce has hinted goalkeeper Ben Amos could yet be handed a reprieve and spared the axe when Hull City travel to Birmingham City tomorrow.
Amos' position in the Tigers' line-up has been under scrutiny this week after his early mistake contributed to a 2-1 loss at Cardiff City last weekend.
The 22-year-old's dip in form initially led Bruce to suggest a change of goalkeeper could be on the cards at St Andrews.
However, having welcomed Amos back from England under-21s duty yesterday, the City boss appeared to be leaning towards continuity.
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"Ben's played for England in the week and kept a clean-sheet, that will help his confidence," said Bruce, who had Amos watched in the under-21s' 2-0 win over Northern Ireland.
"He's made a mistake last week at Cardiff, but you get that with young goalkeepers and it's all about bouncing back.
"Ben's a young man with a lot of ability and the one thing you can't do is dwell on it. The great goalkeepers are the ones who don't make many mistakes. That's how I judge a goalkeeper."
Bruce insisted yesterday he was yet to make a final decision but added: "Maybe I was a bit hasty straight after the Cardiff game because it was arguably Ben's best game for us.
"He pulled off some terrific saves in the second half to keep us in the game, but he's made a mistake too. I'll have a decision to make for the Birmingham game."
Amos appears to be the favourite to hold on to the number one shirt ahead of Eldin Jakupovic, who Bruce cast an eye over in City's 1-1 friendly draw at Peterborough United on Tuesday.
The Tigers' boss also took the opportunity to scout Mark Oxley, who performed well in Burton Albion's 2-0 win at Altrincham in the FA Cup last night.
The 22-year-old is highly-regarded by City's coaching staff and his loan spell at the League Two side has a recall option if necessary.