Bruce hails Gedo after Hull City's 2-1 win over Derby County
STEVE Bruce saluted Hull City's Egyptian double act of Gedo and Ahmed Elmohamady as their goals inspired a dramatic 2-1 win over Derby County last night.
Gedo needed just 90 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute to spring a turgid encounter into life with his first goal since arriving on loan from Al Ahly last week.
Derby looked to have earned a point when Jamie Ward struck an 84th-minute equaliser, but the Tigers would not be denied as Elmohamady dispatched a towering header to restore the advantage two minutes from time.
City's first home win of 2013 catapulted them from fourth to second in the Championship, and three points clear of third-placed Leicester, ahead of further home games against Charlton and Blackburn.
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Bruce was delighted with the immediate impact made by Gedo and said: "The boy certainly showed his class.
"He's an international footballer with 30 caps and something like 19 goals. We knew he had quality and the big thing was how are his fitness levels.
"He's come on and made a great impact. It was a lovely finish from a great move and the one moment of real quality in the game. He's an international footballer from a big nation. Let's hope he can keep it up."
Bruce was also grateful to Elmohamady as he joined his international team-mate on the score-sheet with his first goal since September to snatch a late victory.
"It was a great header but it was a bad tackle from him for Derby's goal," added Bruce. "He owed us one! The main thing was that we won the game."
City's performance was far from vintage and a disjointed first half has given Bruce food for thought for the weekend visit of Charlton.
Abandoning a 3-5-2 shape in favour of a 4-4-2 formation, with Gedo partnering Nick Proschwitz in a more direct attack, City eventually managed to unsettle the Rams after the break.
Bruce has concerns over the "deteriorating" condition of the KC Stadium's pitch ahead of two more home games in the next week and said: "From now until the end of the season it's all about results.
"We've played some great football this season but over the last couple of weeks the pitch has deteriorated. It doesn't look too bad from the stands but it's one of those awful, difficult surfaces.
"We changed it in the second half and went a little bit more direct with two up front.
"We wanted to make a difference and play off the front two a little bit quicker and thankfully it worked.
"All season we've tried to pass through teams but now we might have to change it a little bit. That's certainly in my mind. We were better with the four because we pressed the ball higher up the field."
Derby boss Nigel Clough felt aggrieved by City's late win and said: "It would have been a thoroughly deserved point. I couldn't have asked for any more.
"For 30 or 40 minutes of the second half I thought we were excellent."