Steve Bruce in search of more Hull City steel
HULL City boss Steve Bruce is looking for more steel from his side going forward – saying the win last time out at Sheffield Wednesday owed a great deal to 'rolling up their sleeves'.
The Tigers brought a halt to a three- match losing run with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Hillsborough, thanks to striker Aaron Mclean's late winner.
In a season where Bruce has seen his side lose matches they could and should have won, he was delighted to see them battle their way to a victory which keeps them on the tails of the early-season pace-setters.
And despite stressing he wants his players to play attacking, entertaining football this season, he admits there is always a need in the Championship to knuckle down and grind out results.
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"You can point to a lot of things, but I feel as though we did our jobs against Sheffield Wednesday," Bruce said.
"We've been great to watch so far, and that'll never change with me, but sometimes in this division you need to roll your sleeves up and be what the game is about.
"If we have to win 1-0 away from home, then so be it."
Bruce recalled experienced heads to his side for his trip to South Yorkshire, as mounting injuries forced a change of formation, back to a more traditional 4-4-2 from the 3-5-2 he has favoured for much of the campaign.
Defenders Liam Rosenior and testimonial man Andy Dawson returned to steady the ship at the back and helped the Tigers to a first clean sheet in eight games.
Now, Bruce will check on the fitness of both Joe Dudgeon and Alex Bruce to see if they can come back into the fold at home to Ipswich at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Dudgeon has had injections in a bid to ease the pain on a persistent knee injury, while Bruce pulled out of the Northern Ireland squad this week with a groin problem.
James Chester could also return to action, having missed the last two games with a hamstring strain suffered in the 3-1 loss to Peterborough.
That could leave the manager with a welcome selection headache, having had limited numbers in recent times.
"The lads I brought back, the more experienced ones, came and handled the situation for us and that's what was needed," Bruce said.
"It was a big result considering the number of changes we made. We weren't free-flowing like we have been but I still think we played the better football at Sheffield Wednesday.
"Our defensive shape and our organisation were absolutely spot on."
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