DELIGHTED HULL CITY manager Steve Bruce praised the Tigers’ ‘Premier League quality’ following their impressive 2-0 Championship win at Cardiff.
Goals from Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez ended the Bluebirds’ unbeaten start to the league campaign, while giving the Tigers a first win on the road to move above the Welsh club to fourth in the table.
Diame, making just his sixth appearance since December, gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead by slotting home after Cardiff failed to clear Aluko’s cross, before his lovely pass set up Hernandez’s third goal of the season to seal the win with 10 minutes to go.
Cardiff manager Russell Slade was unimpressed by the performance of referee Chris Sarginson after his side had three penalty appeals turned down in.
The Bluebirds were upset to see Sone Aluko’s high foot on Joe Ralls, a pull on Joe Mason’s shirt by Tom Huddlestone and an alleged handball by Michael Dawson all go unpunished by the officials.
But Bruce disagreed with Slade’s assessment on the trio of penalty decisions, preferring to laud his players’ application in finally producing a positive performance on the road.
Bruce, whose side welcome QPR on Saturday, said: “I thought the referee got all three of them right.
“The one with the high foot, their boy is trying to drop down.
“For the handball I thought it was the right decision too. I don’t know what they got their knickers in a twist about.
“But we are delighted with that result. Our away form was a concern. We had to arrest it and thankfully we have put in a really good performance against an excellent Cardiff side.
“We managed the aerial stuff with our three centre-halves and we looked good going forward.
“The application was excellent. We had been disappointed with our away performances. We wanted to respond and the players have.
“We looked like we had Premier League quality about us. We could even have had a couple more on the break, so it is an excellent result.”