Hull City v Huddersfield: Bruce wants to cash in on KC Stadium birthday factor
STEVE Bruce wants his Hull City side to replicate their outstanding away form and provide the KC Stadium with a fitting way to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The Tigers host Huddersfield Town this lunchtime (12.30 kick-off) aiming to steal a march in the Championship promotion race with a third consecutive victory.
Spirited back-to-back wins at Nottingham Forest and Watford in their last two outings has earned City the division's best away record.
And with the KC due to toast its 10th birthday next Tuesday, Bruce is keen to see his high-flying troops capitalise on their momentum with three more points on home soil.
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"Some of our most disappointing results this season have been at home," Bruce told the Mail.
"We got ourselves in a wonderful position and then lost to Peterborough and Blackpool in back-to-back home games to peg us back.
"Then we had back-to-back home games against Burnley and Palace and couldn't take full advantage.
"We've got three of the next four at home and it's important that we continue our good run.
"It's six points already from this month and I usually aim for 10 points. Can we go and get another couple of wins to give us 12 for the month? That's got to be the challenge."
Bruce faces Huddersfield today for the first time since being sacked as Terriers boss more than 12 years ago, ending an 18-month reign in charge of the West Yorkshire outfit.
Simon Grayson's side arrive at the KC without a win in five games and Bruce accepts his men may need to be patient if they are to claim a fourth Yorkshire derby win of the season.
"I had 18 months there and it was an eventful time," he said.
"An awful lot has changed since then but Simon Grayson has done well and they're a threat to any team with James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford in attack.
"I'll be treating them with the respect that every side deserves in this division.
"Teams are entitled to do their homework against us and they understand that we play a system that's different to most.
"You've got to overcome those challenges because I believe in the football world a lot of people are talking about us and the way we're going about things."
Bruce is expected to hand Jack Hobbs a first City start since March this lunchtime when the 24-year-old steps into a three-man defence in place of the injured Paul McShane.
That could be the only change from the side that vanquished Watford seven days ago and Bruce is hopeful his all-action midfield, led by the in-form Corry Evans, can inspire another climb up the Championship.
"The midfield work very well together but I have to say that Corry Evans, in particular, has been excellent in the last few weeks," he added.
"He had a slow start, probably down to the fact he missed most of pre-season, and it took him time to get his season going.
"When I look at the physical stats, any midfield that plays against them is going to have to run a million miles to get the better of them."