Hull City boss Steve Bruce believes attacking style can maintain promotion push
STEVE Bruce has promised a winter of thrills and spills lies ahead as his attack-minded Hull City side set their sights on promotion.
The high-flying Tigers responded brilliantly to their defeat at Cardiff when recording a first away win over Birmingham City in 42 years.
A 3-2 success was secured in a breath-taking opening to the game, one that saw City race into a three-goal lead thanks to a Sone Aluko brace and a James Chester header.
Goals from Ravel Morrison and Marlon King ensured the 1,244 travelling fans were put through an emotional wringer for the second half of an absorbing encounter, but Bruce paid tribute to his side's attitude.
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"The way I've set ourselves up, I've wanted us to be a little bit different," he said.
"That means we will concede goals but we're also capable of scoring three goals somewhere.
"We've done it here at Birmingham, we did it at Leeds and we should have done it at Bristol City too.
"There's a long winter ahead but we've shown at some tough places, we shouldn't fear any side we're up against.
"Everyone will rightfully talk about the first 30 or so minutes but the last hour was just as pleasing for us.
"We stuck at it and we dug in and that's what you need sometimes."
Although Aluko's seventh and eighth goals of the season ensured he was the hero of the hour, Bruce was keen to deflect some plaudits on to his three-man defence of Abdoulaye Faye, Chester and son Alex.
On his return to St Andrew's, the club he served as a youngster, Alex Bruce joined Aluko in haunting his former club.
"I felt Alex probably had his best game for us," said Bruce.
"Some of the challenges he made were excellent. The only issue for Alex coming here would be whether he could mix in with the rest of the lads, and if he was comfortable in the group.
"You see the way he plays, his team-mates know he's capable. If he wasn't capable and playing every week, then we would have a problem.
"He's proving he belongs at this level and he gives us a little bit of composure too. He seems to be in the right place at the right time."
Positioned encouragingly in fourth with 31 points, City have the opportunity to plant roots in the top six with back-to-back home games against Burnley this weekend and league-leaders Crystal Palace a week from tomorrow.
Bruce will hope to welcome back Paul McShane from his calf injury when the Clarets arrive this weekend but doubts will hang over Liam Rosenior after he was forced off due to his persistent groin problem.
CITY keeper Mark Oxley has cut short his loan spell with Burton Albion after scans revealed he had broken a finger during the FA Cup win over Altrincham, a game watched in person by Tigers' boss Steve Bruce last Thursday.