Hull City goalkeeper Ben Amos may be rested after error in Cardiff City defeat
STEVE Bruce has offered no assurances that Ben Amos will retain his place when Hull City attempt to return to winning ways at Birmingham City this weekend.
Amos was at fault in the Tigers' goal as his early error contributed to a 2-1 loss at Cardiff City.
Failing to read the flight of the ball from out wide, the 22-year-old allowed Cardiff striker Heidar Helguson to nod in the game's opening goal after just three minutes.
Despite making amends with a string of acrobatic saves to keep City's hopes of an equaliser alive, the costly lapse intensified the scrutiny on Amos after a recent dip in form.
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Bruce admits he faces a dilemma ahead of his return to St Andrews, the club where he managed for six years, and said: "Ben's form is typical of a young player.
"Do we look to protect him because he's a young lad? That's something we'll have to look at in the week.
"We'll see how his confidence is. That's why he's here and why all the young lads come out on loan, they come here to improve and grow.
"I could take eight out of the firing line after that performance which is something I haven't said for a long time."
Amos yesterday joined up with England under-21s for their friendly with Northern Ireland at Blackpool tomorrow night, but his domestic form has become an increasing concern for Bruce.
After his misplaced pass set up Wolves for their consolation in a 2-1 victory last Tuesday, the Manchester United youngster failed to convince in defeat to Cardiff.
Bruce will weigh up turning to second-choice Eldin Jakupovic this week and accepts that Amos' form is becoming an issue.
"He made some terrific saves but it's disappointing because he just hasn't seen the guy. He should always come and catch it at its highest and he didn't see him coming in. That was the wrong decision.
"He's a young goalkeeper who will improve with time but at the moment there's too many mistakes.
"He's got to get over them and stop it, because after that he's kept us in the game. One save low was terrific. We know he's capable but he's got things he needs to work on."
Amos' error set the tone for a below-par performance from the Tigers as their three-game winning streak was halted in South Wales.
Much like their performances at Leicester and Middlesbrough, Bruce was forced to accept that City were second best.
A disallowed goal for Jay Simpson in first-half stoppage time, with the game in the balance at 1-0, irked City, but Bruce could offer no excuses.
"It's frustrating because we haven't really played well enough and when that keeps happening, it becomes a bit of a concern," he said.
"The disallowed goal is a big turning point. It could have been very different if we'd have gone in at 1-1.
"We got the goal our play deserved in that last 15 minutes of the first half but then the linesman has put his flag up. It's a nonsense of a decision."