Bruce warns against complacency

15 May

Boss Steve Bruce has urged Hull City not to get complacent following their 3-0 win over Derby in the play-offs on Saturday.

Hull: Bruce warns against complacency Hull: Bruce warns against complacency

The Tigers finished fourth in the Championship table, one place above opponents Derby but the gulf in class was apparent during the first leg of the semi-final clash.

Some sections of the media fancied Derby’s chances but they were humbled at home in front of a disappointed crowd at the iPro Stadium.

Goals from Abel Hernandez and Andy Robertson, along with a Jason Shackell own goal, were enough to seal a comfortable victory.

Derby’s first shot on target came in the 80th minute but Bruce is refusing to overlook the Rams ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the KC Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the match, the former Sunderland coach urged his team to finish the job and win the match, which punters can back using a free bet.

He told Sky Sports: “What we have got in our locker is complacency, and we’ve got to guard against that on Tuesday. The reason why we haven’t made the top two is because we’ve thrown in a curve-ball every now and again.

“If you look at us at Bolton a couple of weeks ago compared to that, then that’s our Achilles heel. We’ve been up and down a little bit too much this season but we looked a very, very good team today and if we perform to the levels we’re capable of then it’s going to take a very good team to beat us.”

Bruce was also quick to praise Moses Odubajo for his performance as he continued to shine at right-back.

He joined the club in the summer from Brentford and Bruce insists he can go far in the future.

“I should’ve signed him two years before I did when he was at Leyton Orient and I might have got him for £2million less than what we paid in the summer,” he added.

“He played against us in the cup and was exceptional. I thought it was perhaps a too big of a jump for him as we were in the Premier League. He went to Brentford and we kept an eye on him. He’s young but he’s going to be a very good player.”


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