STEVE BRUCE believes the opening month has left no-one at Hull City in any doubt as to how tough the Championship is going to be.
The Tigers head to Cardiff City tomorrow sitting sixth in the fledgling table with 10 points from six games.
All but one of those points have come at the KC Stadium, which is why Bruce has called on his side to bounce back from two defeats in a row on the road when the Yorkshire club heads to south Wales.
Bruce, who has no fresh injury worries ahead of taking on second placed Cardiff, said: “This league is always difficult. It is as honest and genuine as you can find, and that is why is the challenge the way it is. If we ever needed reminding of that, well we have witnessed it now for the last month and a half.
“It is a tough, tough league and the honesty of it and the endeavour of the players is there for everybody to see. Nobody can predict it, that is why you get results like ours at Brighton.”
City lost 1-0 at the Amex to the early leaders and Bruce is well aware that tomorrow’s trip to Cardiff is likely to be equally as tough.
He added: “It is disappointing (to be out of the top two) but if you lose a game then you are going to lose your position. It is early yet and I do expect us to get better. We will have to be better, especially away from home. There are two games against Charlton and Brighton when we look at ourselves and think, ‘We just haven’t been good enough for the standards that we require’.
“So we have got to have a look at ourselves away from home. At home our forms been terrific but away from home we might have to change something.”
Bruce remains unhappy at having to head to south Wales on a midweek night, especially on the back of trekking to Brighton last Saturday.
“They (the League) could have been kinder to us than to say Brighton away and then on to Cardiff on the Tuesday,” said Bruce, whose side also travel to Brentford and Ipswich Town for Tuesday fixtures this season.
“We could have had something in Yorkshire but that is a little bit of common sense, isn’t it? Our away games on a Tuesday are a joke. Cardiff on a Tuesday is difficult for supporters and difficult for everybody but that is the way it is.”