We’ve blown automatic promotion, admits Hull manager Steve Bruce

Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Steve Bruce admits Hull City are “totally disappointed” to have seemingly blown their chance of securing automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The Tigers were top of the table earlier this year but have slipped to fourth after a run of just one win in eight league games.

Hull find themselves 10 points behind second-placed Burnley ahead of Friday night’s game against Wolves at the KCOM Stadium, and Bruce insists he and his players are frustrated that their hopes of automatic qualification have gone up in smoke.

“We’re disappointed that we’ve let Middlesbrough, Burnley and Brighton get away from us – totally disappointed, there’s no disputing that,” he told Thursday’s pre-match press conference, as quoted by the club’s website.

“But we have to get our heads around that. It’s not over – we still have an outstanding chance and we need to see the job through.”

Automatic promotion is not mathematically beyond Hull but Bruce concedes the chances of the Tigers overhauling Burnley and third-placed Brighton are slim – and securing a play-off place is now the focus for him and his players.

“Well I think if we’re going to be honest, that (automatic promotion) has gone,” he said. “We won’t give up on it, but we’ve had an awful run just at the wrong time and that has disappointed us all.

“We’ve now got to try and get a bit of form back and we’ve got six league games to secure our play-off position. That has to be the next thing on the agenda – finding a bit of form to go into the play-offs with.”

Hull will face Wolves without skipper Michael Dawson, who looks set to miss the rest of the regular season with a calf injury sustained in last weekend’s draw against Huddersfield.

 

The Tigers will also be without long-term injury victim Nick Powell and Mohamed Diame, who is expected to be sidelined for 10 days with a thigh injury.

Moses Odubajo returns to the squad after serving his one-match ban for his second-half dismissal against Derby.

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Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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