Steve Bruce was pleased to see Hull City win through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup but admitted the 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night was far from a classic cup tie.
Nick Proschwitz scored the all-important goal just before the hour to send the Tigers into the fourth round for the first time since 1977 and while Bruce’s side deserved the win, the manager admitted the game was more like a pre-season friendly.
Asked about his thoughts on the game, Bruce replied: “I made of it what everybody else made of it.
“We’re not going to try and pull the wool over anybody’s eyes, it was never a classic. It was hard work for both teams. It was slow, wasn’t played with any tempo or urgency – it was more like a friendly or a pre-season game than a cup tie.
“I felt we were always comfortable, but we needed to be more clinical as always and we should have put it to bed.
“But we’ve come through unscathed, everybody has come through it and some people needed that game. People like big Abdoulaye and Alex who haven’t played for a while, it will have done them the world of good.
“We’re into the next round where we haven’t been for 30 or 40 years so it’s onwards and upwards.
“We’ve been to Leyton Orient, played awful and won 1-0. We’ve played Huddersfield, played awful and won 1-0. Let’s hope we can play better in the next round and make it a little bit easier for ourselves.”
While the performance and game might not have been to Bruce’s liking, he was delighted to see Proschwitz bag the winning goal and firmly believes the German striker is still developing and acclimatising to the English game.
“There’s no question that Nick can score a goal,” added Bruce.
“It’s the other side of the game that he has to learn and I keep saying that. He’ll say that he hasn’t had the opportunity to have a run of games which I can fully understand but my job is to pick a team to win a game on a Saturday.
“He got a chance on Tuesday night and scored. He should have had another one to put the game to bed, but he’s a striker who wants to score and he’s very good at that.”
Another positive for Bruce was getting some game time for Gedo, Stephen Quinn and new midfielder Conor Henderson, who made his debut after earning a deal following an impressive trial spell.
“Gedo, another little bit for Stephen Quinn – all of those people needed to play and it will have done them the world of good,” said Bruce.
“Young Conor who we’ve just brought in from Arsenal, it was his first game for us and I’m sure he’ll remember it.”