Bruce happy despite average display

06 October 2013 09:46

Hull manager Steve Bruce dismissed the quality of play in his side's 0-0 draw against Aston Villa as "bang average" but was happy to bank another Barclays Premier League point.

Bruce's assessment of the encounter was fair, with neither side seriously threatening to break the deadlock.

The midfield areas were relatively open but that did not translate to clearcut chances, with Hull keeper Allan McGregor making the only noteworthy save of the afternoon following Gabriel Agbonlahor's first-half run and shot.

But while Bruce was able to critique the game as a spectacle, he was more than satisfied to see the Tigers' points tally reach 11 after seven games - well beyond even his own highest hopes at the start of the campaign.

"It was bang average if we're being honest," he said.

"It had 0-0 written all over it from the first five minutes and it never got any better.

"We have to give ourselves a kicking every now and again because we are disappointed. We've played really, really well in the last few weeks and today we haven't: simple as that.

"But we still got something out of the game and you have to be delighted about that. You can't fault the effort of the commitment and even to get a 0-0 when we haven't played anywhere near the level we've been used to seeing recently is satisfying.

"There'll be times when we play badly and get nothing. We have to remind ourselves we're a newly-promoted club.

"We're delighted to pick up a point and who knows that could just be the point that makes the difference to us."

Source: PA