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Steve Bruce demands apology

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has demanded an apology from out-of-favour defender Paul McShane.

The Republic of Ireland international, who is the club's longest serving player, hasn't played since the start of November, and has recently taken to social media to vent his frustration after being sent to train with the club's development squad.

Ahead of the Boxing Day fixture at Sunderland, Bruce said the ball is in McShane's court:

Bruce demands McShane apology

Paul McShane - out in the cold at Hull City. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has demanded an apology from out-of-favour defender Paul McShane.

The Republic of Ireland international, who's the club's longest serving player and a firm favourite with the fans, hasn't played since the start of November, and has recently taken to social media to vent his frustration after being sent to train with the club's development squad.

At today's news conference ahead of the Boxing Day fixture at Sunderland Bruce wouldn't elaborate on the exact reasons for their bust-up, but he said the ball is in McShane's court.

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Bruce: "One win can turn it round"

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is confident his team can still finish higher in the Premier League than last season, despite a winless streak now stretching to ten matches.

The Tigers - who are now second from bottom in the table - face a crucial festive programme, with three matches in seven days. They travel to Sunderland on Boxing Day, before home matches against bottom of the table Leicester City on December the 28th, and Everton on New Year's Day.

Bruce and his son Alex - back in the side after recovering from a hamstring injury - both insist it won't take much to turn Hull's season around.

Tigers poor run continues

Ki Sung-yueng scored the winner as Swansea ensured sure Hull's miserable run continued as the Tigers lost 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's men are now 10 games without a win Credit: Press Association

The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute when South Korean midfielder Ki attempted to turn his back on Jonjo Shelvey's shot and instead succeeded in diverting past Allan McGregor with his lower arm.

While that represented a considerable slice of luck, it was no less than the visitors deserved, Shelvey hitting the post with a second long-range effort and Bafetimbi Gomis also denied by the woodwork in the latter stages.

Steve Bruce's Tigers, struggling with injury and suspension and second bottom in the table, also hit the frame of the goal through Andy Robertson and had a last-gasp penalty appeal rejected but would have been flattered by a point.

Since seeing off Crystal Palace at the start of October they have failed to win in 10 Barclays Premier League matches, collecting just four points from a possible 30.

With Jake Livermore earning a fifth booking of the season and captain Curtis Davies coming off injured in the second half, things already appear bleak for the Boxing Day trip to Sunderland.

The Swansea team-sheet appeared to give hope to the hosts, with top-scorer Wilfried Bony starting on the bench and Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leon Britton and Jefferson Montero all absent through injury amid seven changes.

Yet the Tigers had troubles of their own to contend with, replacing the suspended Tom Huddlestone with Gaston Ramirez and the injured Michael Dawson with Alex Bruce.

The game began vibrantly, Abel Hernandez hurling himself into tackles before Nikica Jelavic and Wayne Routledge wasted early chances at either end.

Routledge's was marginally more inviting, James Chester having been caught out by Ashley Williams' long ball, but he pulled his shot wide of the near post.

Ramirez also spurned a good opening, sending a wayward first-time effort into the stand after Neil Taylor diverted the ball into his path.

The game did not have the look of a stalemate and the opener came in the 14th minute, Shelvey neatly creating room to shoot on his left foot.

McGregor had it well covered but was left helpless as Ki's unwitting intervention saw the ball change course and bobble over the line.

Hull were close to the ideal response eight minutes later, Robertson initiating a break down the left then reappearing in the box to collect Hernandez's lay-off.

The Scotland international let rip but was denied by the crossbar and a fingertip save from Lukasz Fabianksi.

That was as good as Hull's first-half efforts got, as passes began to go astray and Livermore collected his fifth booking of the season and a one-game suspension to go with it.

Swansea came within a whisker of doubling their lead when Shelvey tried his luck from distance a second time.

The midfielder took three touches without being closed down with his fourth a fizzing effort off the outside of his right boot.

McGregor was well beaten but the ball crashed off the post and came back across goal.

Hull fashioned a couple of chances after the break, Ramirez's free-kick briefly threatening before bending wide and Jelavic's header saved low by Fabianksi.

But the pursuit of an equaliser almost cost them dear in the 54th minute when David Meyler carelessly lost the ball with Hull committed in attack.<

A lightning break ended with Tom Carroll threading a pass through Davies' legs and into the path of the unmarked Shelvey, who looked certain to score from eight yards.

But McGregor threw himself forward and smothered the shot brilliantly with feet.

Bruce swapped a defender for an attacker on the hour, son Alex off for Sone Aluko, but the latter's first contribution was to go in the book for a sloppy foul on Taylor.

Swansea failed once again to put the game to bed when Bafetimbi Gomis got a slight touch on Marvin Emnes' cross in the 74th minute and watched as the ball wrong-footed everyone before nestling against the post.

Davies hobbled off before the close, with Harry Maguire handed a Premier League debut, while Yannick Sagbo tumbled under pressure from Angel Rangel in the dying seconds.

Steve Bruce hopes Hull can follow in Swans footsteps

Hull City Manager Steve Bruce has hailed Swansea ahead of their Premier League match this afternoon.

Bruce believes that the Swans are a great example to teams like Hull of how a team can win promotion and be successful in the top flight.

However the Tigers boss hopes his side can end a nine match winless run with victory over the Welsh outfit at the KC Stadium today.

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Trio out for Tigers' clash with Swansea

Hull will be without defender Michael Dawson and midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Mohamed Diame for Saturday's clash with Swansea.

Michael Dawson is expected to be out for at least a month Credit: Press Association

Dawson is facing at least a month on the sidelines with a grade two hamstring tear, Huddlestone is beginning a four-game suspension and Diame's knee complaint has yet to ease.

Loanee Hatem Ben Arfa has been told he will not play for the club again and Robert Snodgrass remains a long-term absentee.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Jakupovic, Davies, Rosenior, McShane, Robertson, Chester, Bruce, Elmohamady, Meyler, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Quinn, Ramirez Hernandez, Aluko, Jelavic, Sagbo.

Bruce: Ben Arfa 'unlikely' to play for the Tigers again

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said French international Hatem Ben Arfa is unlikely to play for the club again

Ben Arfa: Talented but temperamental Credit: Press Association

The 27-year-old only joined the Tigers on loan from Newcastle at the end of August. But after just nine appearances for the club - his last at Manchester United when he was subbed off after only 35 minutes on the pitch - Bruce appears to have lost patience with the talented but temperamental Frenchman.

Hull defender set to be out for at least a month

Hull defender Michael Dawson is set to be out for at least a month with a hamstring tear. Dawson suffered the injury in the first 10 minutes of last weekend's defeat by Chelsea and scans revealed a grade two tear.

Out with hamstring tear

Dawson has already missed a month of the season with an ankle problem but impressed manager Steve Bruce enough to earn the captain's armband for two matches while regular skipper Curtis Davies was dropped. Bruce said:

"Unfortunately it's a grade two tear and it could be anything from three, four, five weeks minimum I'd have thought. That's happened too much to us from the first day of the season with Robert Snodgrass to Dawson, to (Nikica) Jelavic to (Mohamed) Diame......it's been one thing after another in that department. We could do with a little more luck because we've had four or five with pretty ugly injuries and we could without it."

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