Bruce dedicates win to ‘fantastic’ Hull fans
Hull City manager Steve Bruce recognised the role that his club’s fans played in their first ever European win, reports The Hull Daily Mail.
A late goal by Sone Aluko secured a narrow 2-1 Europa League win for the Tigers over Slovakian Super Liga side AS Trenčín at the KC Stadium, after the first leg had been drawn 0-0.
Bruce praised the efforts of the Hull fans and expressed his delight that the team were able to reward their unwavering support. “The crowd were fantastic and thankfully we were able to see it through. I'm pleased for the supporters in particular. The one thing a club needs more than anything is its supporters,” he said.
Bruce appreciated the exciting effect the club’s first European campaign in its history was having, saying: “A guy came up to me before and said he never thought he would see this day. That's fabulous and let's see where we end up next.”
The match was tied at 1-1, a result that would have seen AS Trenčín progress on away goals, until Aluko’s 80th minute volley turned the tie in the Tigers’ favour. The goal, Aluko’s first since September 2013, came after a host of chances had been squandered, and brought relief to manager Bruce.
“I thought we deserved the victory. We had some really great chances but the longer it goes on, the more frustrated we all get,” said Bruce, delighted with his team’s persistence. “There was a tension amongst everyone but thankfully they stuck at it and got their reward in the end.”
The Tigers will find out today who their opponents in the final qualifying round will be. Hull have been seeded for the draw, meaning they will avoid the big name clubs who will be entering the Europa League at this stage, giving real hope that they can progress to the group phase.
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