Bruce shifts focus to cup battle

Hull 1 Swansea 0

Bruce shifts focus to cup battle

However Bruce, completed his objective of 10 league wins, and can now at least concentrate fully on their historic FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley next weekend.

“We don’t play [in the league] next weekend. We play in the cup,” he said.

“Let’s concentrate on the cup and hopefully everyone will enjoy themselves and make a day of it. It was 1930 since we were there so let’s go and enjoy the occasion – and make sure we win.”

George Boyd’s first-half header was enough to settle a game that never quite matched the party mood of the home support. Hull did begin to lose their way in the second half and Swansea might have equalised but for a lack of cutting edge. However, Bruce denied that was down to thoughts prematurely shifting ahead to Wembley.

“We have a lot of players who are new to it – Boydy is the typical one who six years ago was playing non-league,” he said.

“David Meyler has not really played in the Premier League, Jake Livermore has not really played in the Premier League.

“It’s new and it’s a new experience to them and they can only get better with it because it is a big tough league. Their resilience and attitude has made them where they are in the table.”

Hull’s ability to weather the storm is a trait rookie Swans boss Garry Monk admitted his side lacked at present. The defeat leaves them still looking over their shoulders at the bottom three, after a one win in 11 games.

“I don’t even care about that [being sucked into the relegation fight],” Monk said. “I care about winning games and winning as many as possible, and if you don’t win it you make sure you don’t lose it. We are trying to teach that lesson to the players since I’ve come in here.”

HULL: Harper, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Figueroa (Koren 75), Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Boyd, Long (Aluko 64), Jelavic (Sagbo 90).

Subs not used: Bruce, Fryatt, Jakupovic, Quinn.

SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Britton (Lita 83), Shelvey,de Guzman (Dyer 46), Michu (Hernandez 66), Routledge, Bony.

Subs not used: Amat, Taylor, Canas, Tremmel.

Att: 22,744 Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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