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Steve Bruce keen to push on after managerial award

Hull City can consolidate their position at the top of the Championship table tomorrow when they travel to Burnley, one of their main rivals for promotion.The Tigers are currently four points ahead of third placed Burnley, whom they beat convincingly 3-0 at the KC on Boxing Day.

City have won their last six matches in all competitions - a run that saw Steve Bruce named Championship Manager of the Month. But he agrees that the award is often a poisoned chalice.

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Hull City scoop monthly Championship awards

Hull City manager Steve Bruce and striker Abel Hernandez have won the Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards for January.

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Bruce guided his side to six wins from six games in January, taking the Tigers to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table and into the fifth round of the FA Cup. He beat Sean Dyche (Burnley), Gary Rowett (Birmingham) and Dougie Freedman (Nottingham Forest) to the award.

Hernandez scored six goals in four appearances and netted a hat-trick in a 6-0 win against Charlton Athletic.

January was a really good month for us and we look forward to the next challenge now. It’s a big pat on the back for all of the staff here, too. The manager gets the trophy, but the staff here work tirelessly to support me in what we do so it’s congratulations to them as well.

– Steve Bruce

I’m very happy to have been voted the Player of the Month in the Championship. I hope to continue the form I have shown in January and to keep performing well for the team.

– Abel Hernandez

Tigers complete two deals on Deadline day

Hull City managed to get two signings over the line on transfer deadline, including Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on loan until the end of the season.

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The Tigers also signed Slovakian international goal keeper Dušan Kuciak on an 18-month deal from Legia Warsaw.

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