Steve Bruce reflected on Saturday’s defeat at Manchester City by saying that everybody of a black and amber persuasion could be proud of their team’s display, but admitted that the Tigers’ Achilles heel had again come back to haunt them.
Despite a 2-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium, the Tigers earned plenty of praise for their performance but after squandering chances in a first half they dominated, they were made to pay as second half goals from Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure saw the home team stumble their way to three points.
“I’ve been to Manchester City before and played one up front and eventually they break you down because they’re used to playing against it,” said Bruce.
“So we went with the system we had on Saturday to try and cause them problems. We did that and should have taken advantage of it.
“But we can be very, very proud of the players for the way they played. I’ve been involved with many teams playing against the big teams and I can’t remember as good a performance as that, certainly away from home.
“We’ve taken on one of the top teams in Europe there and given them a good run for their money.
“It’s a shame that we didn’t take one of our chances, but we know our Achilles heel. We struggled to score last year in the Championship, but the difference here is that when they (Manchester City) were struggling, they brought on Negredo - £30million worth.
“Can we find somebody who can score us 12 or 15 goals to make sure that we can stay in this division? If we keep playing like we did on Saturday we’ll have a fantastic chance.
“I think the supporters probably enjoyed their day out on Saturday because it’s not often that you’re going to match Manchester City head on in the way that we did. The way we played had me really, really pleased. People all around the world will have watched that.”