Hull boss happy to win ugly

Hull boss Steve Bruce was content to claim all three points

against Burnley, even if the match was a turn-off.

There was little on show in sub-zero temperatures to warm the

cockles of a sparse crowd, but Stephen Quinn finished off a smart

move in the 66th minute to Bruce’s relief.

“It was never going to be pretty on the type of night,” Bruce,

whose side moved into second place, said.

“It was a horrible hard evening but if you’re going to be

successful and win leagues then you’ve got to sometimes come to

places like this on a horrible

night and get something. That’s what we’ve done.”

Following three consecutive defeats away from home, conceding

four apiece at Bolton and Crystal Palace in their last two, Bruce

was pleased to see resilience return to Hull’s play.

“We wanted to make sure there was a determination about us not

to concede and we reminded a few what their jobs are,” he


“Before those two games, that’s what we’ve built our season on –

we’ve played some wonderful football but defensively, up until a

week ago, we had the second best defensive record in the


“That’s why we’ve got to the top because we haven’t scored


“So we just needed reminding of what we’re about and what we’re

trying to do. We were a bit more like it tonight.”