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Hull City manager Steve Bruce knows the importance of his side's game with Swansea

Hull City manager Steve Bruce knows the importance of his side's game with Swansea

Hull City manager Steve Bruce knows the importance of his side's game with Swansea

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.

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"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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