Hull City boss Steve Bruce has admitted that he may decide to freshen up his team in a bid to reignite their season after a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Derby County.
After a momentum sapping defeat to promotion rivals Middlesbrough and the heavy defeat against Derby, Bruce has seen his side slip away from the top three at the top of the Championship.
The Hull boss told the Hull Daily Mail he can’t rule out changes as he prepares his squad for the match against Huddersfield Town. “We have to recover, it’s as simple as that,” said Bruce. “We have to get ready and I’ve got people who are champing at the bit to play. I’ll look at that and see if we need to freshen up with different personnel maybe.”
One enforced change will be that of Red card recipient Moses Odubajo with Elmohamady expected to fill in. Abel Hernandez may also make a return after three games on the bench and Bruce was clearly still upset with his team’s performance on Tuesday night when referring to projected changes he added “After Tuesday nobody can come knocking on my door asking why they’re not playing on Saturday. That’s the disappointing thing from Tuesday, the level where we were at is nowhere near what we’re capable of.”
Tuesdays defeat was not only a dreadful setback for the promotion hopefuls it was Bruce’s heaviest defeat during his tenure on Humberside, a far cry from the usually impenetrable defence that boasted one of the best records in the division (bettered only by Middlesbrough).
Hull trail the automatic promotion places by 7 points and with 7 games remaining Bruce knows that Saturday is a must win but against a team who are at home and fighting to amass a points tally that will keep themselves safe it certainly won’t be easy.