Leicester City were worthy winners, admits Hull boss Steve Bruce
Hull boss Steve Bruce admitted that his side deserved absolutely nothing from their clash with Leicester City yesterday and that the best team won.
A career-first hat-trick from David Nugent sealed all three points for City as they defeated an in-form Hull 3-1 at the King Power Stadium, and recorded their first back-to-back wins of the season.
City's fourth home league win on the bounce moves them up to seventh and Bruce said Leicester were worthy winners.
"We deserved absolutely nothing from the game," he said. "We hung in there, which we had to do, but the better team won on the day.
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"The disappointment is the way we've played during the last few weeks. We were nowhere near their levels and you have to accept that they were worthy winners.
"I just think too many of our big players didn't perform to the levels they have been playing at.
"We had a bad day, which happens, but then you are required to do the basics better and I just don't think we did.
"We didn't defend well enough, we didn't get after the ball well enough, and I don't think we did enough to put Leicester off their stride. We got what we deserved, which was nothing."
Bruce said it was always going to be difficult playing two away games back to back.
"The level we're at, Leeds and Leicester away in three or four days is difficult," said Bruce.
"Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up and make sure you learn from it. We have to be a bit more resilient when it's not going for you, which we will work on this week."
The game ended doubly-badly for Bruce, who was sent to the stands with just minutes to go following a dispute with the linesman over whether the ball had gone out of play.
City boss Nigel Pearson had to restrain Bruce as the Hull manager showed his displeasure at the decision before referee Eddie Ilderton ordered him from the touchline.
"Sometimes you do some stupid things, especially at my age," said Bruce.
"At times you do things which, when you get home, you look at it later and think what a complete idiot I've made of myself."