Brighton 1 Hull City 0: Bruce unhappy that fixtures send Hull on another long road trip

Hull City manager Steve Bruce (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe_.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe_.
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Hull city manager Steve Bruce concedes his side are “too up and down away from home” after a slow start cost them at the Amex Stadium.

He said: “It took us at least 30 minutes to get going.

“In the second half we deserved a point as we dominated possession, but we needed to create a couple of chances.

“At home we’ve been impressive, but away from home we need to improve.

“We have been too up and down.”

Hull visit Cardiff tomorrow and Bruce labelled the amount of midweek travelling his side must do as “ridiculous”.

He added: “I’m not making excuses, but it’s ridiculous to go to Cardiff on Tuesday when there are at least six other teams that we could play.

“We’ve gone to Brighton and then it’ll be Cardiff; it’s ridiculous the amount of travelling we have.

“It’s not just the fans, it affects the players too. We should be playing somewhere up north.”

Bruce felt that former Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone made a difference after he came on for David Meyler 15 minutes before the break.

“Tom controlled the game and made us better. Meyler got booked and the first 30 minutes were a struggle. We made the change and it made us better. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the goal that we needed.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton played down suggestions that his side are emerging as promotion contenders after an early goal from Tomer Hemed extended their lead at the top of the Championship.

Hughton admitted he could not have envisaged that the Seagulls would have started so strongly. This was their fifth win in six league games.

“Just now we have fit players and good options, and we have continued the momentum following the international break,” said Hughton.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Stockdale, Saltor, Greer, Hunemeier, Bong, Rosenior, Stephens, Kayal, LuaLua (Murphy 87), Hemed (Ince 67), Baldock (Zamora 78). Unused substitutes: Maenpaa, Dunk, Forster-Caskey, March.

Hull City: McGregor,Odubajo,Dawson,Davies,Clucas, Meyler (Huddlestone 31),Diame,Hayden (Aluko 68),Elmohamady, Akpom (Luer 82),Hernandez. Unused substitutes: Bruce, Taylor,J akupovic, Robertson.

Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire).