After a run of only one win in eight, Steve Bruce has adopted a back to basics approach in the hope of inspiring a return to form for Hull City.The Tigers' poor run, which consists of three defeats and four draws, as well as that solitary win against Bristol City, has seen them drop to fourth with six games to play.
“Every footballer goes through a tough time and it’s all about how you respond to it and deal with it,” Bruce said, as his side prepare to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night, kicking The Football League weekend off in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
“You have to knuckle down and get back to doing the basics well again. It’s about concentrating on doing the simple things well and doing your own job.
“Far too many are trying to do somebody else’s job or trying the hard pass at the moment, trying to beat a man when they shouldn’t be.
“That all comes about through a little lack of confidence which unfortunately creeps in at times like this.
“For me, the simple thing in football is always the easiest and that is what we need to get back to – doing the simple things well.”
Before that aforementioned spell of form started in mid-February, Bruce's side were sat one point clear at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.
Now they are 10 points adrift of second, and only seven points inside the Play-Offs.
“For seven months of this season, we were probably the outstanding team in the league,” Bruce added. “Now, we’re the team that is under the pump and we have to handle that better.
“We have to find the formula that suits the team and get us back to the basics that stood us in good stead.”
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