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Bruce has the last word on his critics as Tigers roar

By Staff Reporters

Triumphant Steve Bruce left Wearside wondering if Sunderland fans might finally accept he did a decent job for them after masterminding Hull's fourth successive victory over the Black Cats.

The former boss at the Stadium of Light saw his team recover from a dreadful start - they fell behind with just 30 seconds on the clock- to run out 3-1 winners and in the process end a 10-game winless League run.

Asked about his recent record against his former employers, locally-born Bruce said with a smile: "I take no real pleasure in that.

"Of course I get abused from the moment I walk in here until I go home, but the vast majority might just have a little look and think, 'Do you know what it is? He didn't do a bad job after all here'."

Adam Johnson fired the the home side into their first-minute lead but Hull were back in it 12 minutes before the break when Gaston Ramirez's long-range effort took a wicked bounce and then substitute Nikica Jelavic struck to give Hull the points after two Sunderland penalty claims.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock accepted fans' criticism after the Eagles' 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton.

Goals from Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld secured victory for the visitors before Scott Dann headed in a late Palace consolation.

"When you lose a game you're responsible, I've no complaints about that," Warnock said.

Swansea manager Garry Monk heralded a second successive clean sheet as his side made it six points from six in the festive programme against Aston Villa.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's spectacular 13th-minute free-kick was enough to secure Swansea a 1-0 victory but Monk's men had to withstand late pressure at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski making smart saves to deny Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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