Hull City will go on attack at Cardiff, says boss Steve Bruce
STEVE Bruce insists his fearless Hull City side will head to promotion rivals Cardiff City unwilling to target anything less than victory.
Malky Mackay's high-flyers welcome the Tigers this afternoon, boasting the only remaining 100 per cent home record in English football with a perfect record of seven wins from seven games at the Cardiff City Stadium this season.
City are not short on confidence themselves, though, and head to South Wales having won five of their last six games.
Third plays host to fourth in the Championship's stand-out fixture this weekend, and a bullish Bruce only has eyes for the win that would see the Tigers leapfrog today's opponents.
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"If we weren't capable, I'd be going there with a bit of trepidation and caution," Bruce told the Mail.
"But we've got to have the same sort of mentality we showed at Leeds (in September's 3-2 win), let's go there and take the game to them.
"That's the way forward for us in my eyes. I don't want to go there and shut up shop looking for a draw, which on paper would certainly be a good result. Let's go there and take them on. We want to win."
Cardiff's superb home record has been undermined by a vulnerability on their travels, and they have surrendered top spot in the Championship this week with a 2-1 loss at Bolton and a thrilling 5-4 defeat at Charlton.
City, in contrast, have made serene progress up the division to fourth with three consecutive wins over Bristol City, Barnsley and Wolves.
The Cardiff City Stadium played host to the Tigers' best performance of last season with a 3-0 win in March under Nick Barmby, and Bruce believes another special win is not out of the question.
"Cardiff are a very strong opponent at home and I'm sure they'll be in the shake-up at the end of the season," he said.
"They've been there or thereabouts in this division for a long time and assembled a very good squad.
"Seven wins from seven games tells you that they've created a little bit of a fortress there as well.
"But let's enjoy the challenge of taking them on there. Can we go there and beat them? The answer is yes if we play well on the day."
Bruce was due to check on the fitness of Ahmed Elmohamady, Liam Rosenior and son Alex this morning before finalising his plans, and will also have new loan signing David Meyler in his ranks.
A victory for the Tigers could see them climb into the top two of the Championship, their highest position since relegation from the top flight in 2010, yet for Bruce it is the manner of the performances providing satisfaction.
"It's not just winning games, it's about what we're trying to do. You don't see many in the Championship trying to play the way we're attempting," he said.
"A lot of teams are looking at us and thinking we've got to try and stop them.You've got to have determination, and we've shown we can get there if we stick to our philosophies."