Tigers’ resilience can overcome history – Bruce

Hull City manager Steve Bruce
Hull City manager Steve Bruce
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STEVE BRUCE insists Burnley’s recent dominance over Hull City will not be a factor in Saturday’s “huge” showdown.

The Tigers have slumped to eight defeats in their last nine meetings with the Clarets, the most recent of which came in November when Sean Dyche’s men claimed a first win of the season at the 11th attempt.

After that, the Lancashire club rallied but a poor recent run means only a win at the KC will keep any hopes of staying up alive.

Hull, meanwhile, sit one point and one place clear of trouble following Monday’s 3-1 loss at home to Arsenal.

“It is a big game for us and it is a big game for Burnley, too,” said Tigers manager Bruce.

“It is huge.

“If we are being honest, our record against them isn’t great over the years. We are mindful of that but we are at home and we have got our supporters behind us.

“We have shown in the past few weeks that we are determined to stay in this division. There has been that resilience again.

“Even at half-time against Arsenal, when it could have been one of those horrible nights, we stuck at it.

“It’s important we stay calm and positive.

“We have to play the game and not the occasion and that we stay calm.

“We have to keep the ball better than we did (on Monday).

“We know we are capable. Burnley are a very good side but they are not Arsenal. We have got a lot of work to do, so let’s hope we can pick up a result at the weekend.”

Victory over the Clarets could, depending on how third-bottom Sunderland fare at Everton in the 12.45pm kick-off, nudge City four points clear.

That would effectively be five points when goal difference is taken into account, though the Black Cats would have a game in hand – at Arsenal on May 20.

Bruce added: “Is it as big as the Cardiff game that got us here? I don’t know.

“It is a big, huge game and we are all well aware of what it means. Let’s hope we can go and perform, and get that little bit of luck you sometimes need.

“We didn’t have that against Arsenal with two deflected goals flying in but we will be ready for another important game.”