MANAGER Steve Bruce last night admitted Hull City’s winning start to the new year can breathe fresh life into the club’s promotion push.
The Tigers ended a three-game losing run on the road thanks to a 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.
With Brighton & Hove Albion losing earlier in the day to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hull are now hot on the heels of top two, Middlesbrough and Derby County, who meet today at the Riverside.
Bruce said: “It was just what we wanted.
“I would think both teams could play a little bit better than that.
“But, after the last three games away from home, we just needed a result to set us on the way. Thankfully, we have got one.”
Adama Diomande’s first goal in English football settled a poor game that had seen Hull take the lead through Abel Hernandez, only to be pegged back by an 86th-minute header from Sebastian Polter.
Bruce added: “ The first goal was the one bit of quality in the game, the pass from Diame and the finish from Hernandez.
“After that people were probably switching off and going over to watch Coronation Street or something else, if I am being brutally honest.
“I thought we had blown it (when they equalised) but we’ve shown a bit of resilience to keep going.”
For Diomande, his winner was a welcome change in fortune for a striker who had to undergo a groin operation soon after arriving on a £1.7m transfer from Norwegian club Stabaek.
It means he could start against Brighton in the FA Cup third round a week today, especially after Chuba Akpom was left out at Loftus Road.
Bruce added: “He has got a horrible wisdom tooth, which probably needs an operation on it. We have given him a few days off and, hopefully, he will come back all the brighter for having his tooth removed.”
Bruce also revealed that loanee Isaac Hayden may yet stay at the KC if a proposed permanent transfer from Arsenal to an unnamed club falls through.
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