Bruce commends Hull effort

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has praised his side for their effort after they lost 3-2 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday, BBC Sport has reported.

The Tigers raced into a two-goal lead after just eight minutes through defenders James Chester and Curtis Davies, who both converted following poorly defended set-pieces. Arsenal came back, however, and Santi Cazorla pulled one back with a free-kick from 25 yards.

Much of the second half was dominated by Arsenal, and Laurent Koscielny got the equaliser when he turned the ball home from close range after Hull themselves had failed to deal with a corner. The winner came 10 minutes from the end of extra time, with Aaron Ramsey’s low volley sealing a record-equalling 11th FA Cup win for the Gunners.

And afterwards, with his side having come so close to capping their first ever FA Cup final appearance with victory, Bruce said: “In terms of effort, endeavour and determination you couldn’t fault them to a man. Proud? Of course I am. They were magnificent. They’ve given everything, but in the end we just fell short.”

“I always believe your name is on the Cup, and at one stage, I really thought ours was going to be. But all credit to Arsenal, congratulations to them. They were under enormous pressure and have come back from a position when I thought they were down and out. We came so close to winning the Cup, but it was just not meant to be and just not our day.”

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