Neither side could find a breakthrough in the first leg of the Europa League third round qualifier with the Tigers spurning the best chance of the game when Tom Huddlestone saw his penalty saved and his follow-up fly over the bar and although Bruce would have loved to bring a lead back to East Yorkshire for next Thursday’s second leg, he felt the draw in Zilina represented a solid start to the season.
“We knew it would be difficult, especially when we’re in the middle of our pre-season,” said Bruce.
“The one thing you have to do is take the chances when they come your way but unfortunately we didn’t despite having one or two really great opportunities.
“Overall, we will be better for the game. I think it showed that it was our first competitive game. We kept a clean sheet, which is a positive for us, and we can look forward to the second leg.
“I thought Trencin were very good technically, as we expected them to be, and they’ve got one or two dangerous players on the counter-attack.
“I was always worried about whether we would be undercooked because we’ve only really been back for two-and-a-half weeks and you could see in terms of fitness levels that they were a bit sharper than we were.”
Speaking about Huddlestone’s spot kick and subsequent miss from the rebound, Bruce said: “We’ve all missed penalties and we’ve all missed big chances in front of goal. You don’t do it intentionally.
“You’d put your house on Tom to score, but he didn’t.”
Reflecting on the Club’s first experience of competitive European football, Bruce added: “I think we’ve all enjoyed it.
“Fair play to our supporters, some of whom have been in four different countries to get here. It would have been nice to go back home with a victory, but for our supporters this has been a wonderful experience.”
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