'I'll shake things up': Bruce says 'horrible' mistakes cost Hull City
STEVE Bruce admitted his Hull City side had "shot themselves in the foot" after another defensive horror show condemned the Tigers to a 3-2 defeat at home to Blackpool.
City were again guilty of signing their own death warrant last night as a lack of concentration gifted Blackpool an unlikely victory late in the game.
Despite initially conjuring their own comeback with goals from Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn overturning Matt Phillips’ early opener, two soft goals were shipped in the final 20 minutes to seal City’s second home defeat in four days.
Substitute Kevin Phillips needed just three minutes to tap in from close range to level before he set up Nouha Dicko to punish Ben Amos’ unwise rush from goal as Blackpool snatched all three points.
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“The only thing we’ve got to stop is these ridiculous mistakes we are making,” said Bruce.
“The second goal came from us not picking up from a free-kick and the third one was full of individual
mistakes. That’s cost us the game.
“I didn’t think we deserved that but it’s very disappointing because I thought we’d have learned from
“We played really well against Peterborough and again with Blackpool, but we’ve shot ourselves in the foot again.”
After three consecutive defeats had fired the Tigers up to fourth last month, three defeats on the spin have since brought a fall to 10th in the Championship.
That sequence has seen City leak nine goals in three games and Bruce admits he will be forced into making changes when travelling to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
“You can’t keep accepting the mistakes so the only thing I can do is shake it up a bit,” he said.
“Certainly with the injuries we’ve got, I think we’ll have to at Sheffield Wednesday and bring in a little bit of experience.
“It’s not all about shape, we’re being punished for basic mistakes.
“It’s horrible and we’ve had to score two wonder goals to get back into it.
“We’ve got to try and remain positive. It’s been a horrible week in terms of what we’ve conceded.
“In back-to-back home games we’ve done enough to win games but you can’t do that when you’re making the mistakes that we are.”
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was delighted to escape with all three points and said: “It was a great advert for the Championship. It was two very good teams out there.
“That was as good a game as I’ve seen this season and it could have gone either way. I was delighted that it’s gone for us.”
• Alex Bruce is a major doubt for City’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday after limping off with a groin injury late in the first half of last night’s fixture.