Bruce: Hull City must redeem themselves against Crystal Palace
STEVE Bruce has challenged his Hull City side to seize a shot at redemption and rekindle their promotion ambitions with a win over high-flying Crystal Palace tonight.
Fifth plays host to second in a mouth-watering Championship fixture at the KC Stadium this evening as the Tigers attempt to shake off the uncharacteristically poor performance that brought a 1-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday.
Bruce will resist making wholesale changes for a fixture that offers City the opportunity to move back to within two points of the automatic promotion places.
But with the need for improvements paramount against Ian Holloway's Eagles, the City boss is expecting his side to quickly make amends.
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"We simply didn't perform against Burnley and when you don't do that you're going to struggle," Bruce told the Mail.
"We had as many as four players where it wasn't their day and it contributed to a poor performance, especially in the first half.
"You can look at all sorts of things but sometimes you just have to accept we have played badly.
"That's football, especially in the Championship, but the key is making sure you learn from it and move on.
"This is the chance for them to redeem themselves and put the record straight."
Although Bruce fell short of promising an unchanged side for tonight's game, he stressed few alterations would be necessary to set the season back on course.
Seyi Olofinjana, substituted at half-time in the weekend loss, could be one player to make way, with both David Meyler and Corry Evans pushing for a start.
"I've got all sorts of competition across the squad, but I'm not going to shake it all up," added Bruce. "That wouldn't be the right thing to do after what's been a pretty good run of form.
"There may be one or two changes but we will be demanding better from the group."
Bruce's has a near fully-fit squad to select from after both son Alex (knee) and Liam Rosenior (groin) trained fully yesterday.
Paul McShane, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury, is also fit to face the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
"Alex and Liam are both fine and made it clear they want to be involved," said Bruce.
"They've trained and shown no problems. We'll check again but all being well, they'll be fit.
"The same goes for Paul McShane. He's back and available."
Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney will not be considered for tonight's game but will get another run-out in the reserves when they host Mansfield at North Ferriby tomorrow night.
After attracting a season-high crowd of 17,782 against Burnley, City will hope for another sizeable crowd for tonight's top-six battle.
ADULT tickets are capped at £20 around the ground, while concessions are set at £10 and junior admission is as low as £1.