Bruce wants focused Tigers

Hull manager Steve Bruce is determined not to let any

complacency creep into his squad following their impressive rise

into the top two of the Championship, warning his players the job

is only half done.

The Tigers’ 2-1 win at Derby on Friday was their fourth on the

trot in the league and lifted them up to second spot, three points

behind leaders Cardiff.

Bruce is understandably delighted with his side’s efforts but,

speaking ahead of the visit of fifth-placed Leicester on Boxing

Day, he is also at pains to point out there is still a long way to

go.

“It has been so refreshing to work with this group. They’re a

good bunch and deserve the little bit of acclaim they’re getting at

the moment,” Bruce said on his club’s website.

“But we have to remember that we’re still only half way. The

players have got that bounce about them, winning games give you

that.

“As I’ve said so many times, it’s no good being top of the

league at Christmas. We need to be there when the daffodils come up

and if we’re still there or thereabouts, we’ll have a chance.”