Bruce reveals goal concern

Hull City 1 Cardiff 1

Bruce reveals goal concern

The Tigers banked their fourth point of the season in as many matches with Saturday’s draw at home to Cardiff. It was a fixture Bruce had targeted as a potential win but, although things began well with defender Curtis Davies nodding home Tom Huddlestone’s cross in the 40th minute, the Bluebirds always looked likely to equalise.

They did so just before the hour mark, with Peter Whittingham putting the finishing touch on a flowing passing move.

Davies’ goal is Hull’s only one from open play to date and Bruce can track the issue back to last year’s promotion campaign.

“At this level if you don’t take your chances it’s tough,” he said.

“Last year it was our Achilles heel too...the number of times I sat here and we could have had two, three, four goals. It’s got to be a concern because we created really good chances. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay came away reasonably content with his side’s efforts, especially given the number of air miles his men had collected in the previous 10 days. Nine of his players were called away on international duty, a result of squad strengthening since promotion from the Championship, with two – Craig Bellamy and David Marshall – missing the trip to Hull after picking up injuries.

Others, such as Gary Medel and Kim Bo-kyung, came back from gruelling trips to Chile and South Korea to put in solid displays.

“It was probably a fair point for both teams, we both tried to go and win it. ”

HULL: A McGregor, A Elmohamady, J Chester, C Davies, M Figueroa, R Koren, T Huddlestone, J Livermore, R Brady (S Quinn 67), S Aluko, D Graham.

CARDIFF: J Lewis, K Theophile-Catherine, S Caulker, B Turner, A Taylor, D Cowie (J Mutch 90), A Gunnarsson, B Kim (N Maynard 46), G Medel, P Whittingham, F Campbell (R Gestede 65).

Referee: Robert Madley.

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