The Hull City boss gave eight of his starting 11 a full 90 minutes as preparations got underway ahead of next week’s UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round first leg tie at either FK Vojvodina or AS Trenčín who are leading 4-0 from the first leg.
Speaking to Tigers TV post-match, Bruce said: “Normally I wouldn’t let the majority of the players to play the full 90 minutes, but this time round it’s important that they get a full game under their belts in preparation for Europe.
“Our pre-season programme is a little bit shorter this year due to our European commitments and hopefully the three friendlies that we play this week will set us in good stead to take on our European opponents the following week.”
A Shane Long penalty on 51 minutes was cancelled out 11 minutes from time when the assistant referee adjudged Mark Gray’s header to have crept over the line after it had cannoned off the inside of the post.
Bruce now takes his charges to League Two outfit York City this Wednesday before Saturday’s trip to Oakwell to face Barnsley.
And Bruce, who has been active in the transfer market this summer with the signings of Robert Snodgrass, Jake Livermore and Tom Ince, admits his troops were given a stern test in their opening pre-season match.
He said:“Over the years North Ferriby have always been difficult opposition and they certainly played their part tonight.
“It’s not about results at the moment – it’s about the players getting some minutes on the clock and I’m also delighted that everyone came through without any injuries and that was the case in our other game at Harrogate Town where there was a number of senior players figuring.”
Assessing the performances of his three new recruits, Bruce added: “It’s always nice for the new lads to get up and running for their new club in pre-season and as I’ve said before it’s a little bit different this season with us playing Europa League qualifiers before the start of the Premier League season.”