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Bruce: We can hang in there

17 February 2013

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes his side can continue to defy the pre-season odds after Egyptian forward Gedo kept their promotion bid on track.

The deadline-day signing prodded home from a 33rd-minute corner to hand Bruce's side a 1-0 win over npower Championship opponents Charlton and keep them in the top two.

Bruce is aware that such a lofty position was not widely anticipated at the start of the campaign, but expects at least one of the automatic promotion places will go to a side who started the year unfancied.

"We were 40-1 outsiders at the start of the season," said Bruce. "People didn't give us a hope in hell but we're there or thereabouts. With another week gone we're still there. February is nearly gone and we'll see where we go.

"I can't see a reason why we can't (go up). We've got 14 games to go and we probably have to win seven of them. We've got a chance, a good chance, but so do a few others. The championship is a level playing field. That is the beauty of it, how hard it is."

The arrival of Gedo has certainly given Hull a shot in the arm. He scored as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Derby last time out and hit the target again on his first start.

"He's had a great start but the big questions we're all going to ask are can he sustain it and can he adjust to life in England," said Bruce. "Just at the right time the chairman has been able to pull off a masterstroke. To get someone of his quality is no mean feat.

"They're a big nation, Egypt. To get a striker of his quality is a terrific feat for us. Let's hope he continues the way he started."

Charlton struggled for meaningful possession for much of the first hour but began to find their feet in the closing stages. Bradley Pritchard went close and substitute Danny Haynes had two decent chances, the second forcing a fine save from David Stockdale.

Addicks manager Chris Powell said: "We didn't start off the right way and we paid the price with a poor goal. But we gradually got into it and soldiered on. I asked for a response at half-time and I got that. The save from David Stockdale from Danny Haynes (was vital)...that could have got us something."

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