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Bruce keeping things calm at Hull

Hull boss Steve Bruce will mark his 700th match in football management with a timely trip to Old Trafford on Saturday and says experience has taught him not to panic about the Tigers' recent plight.

There could be no more fitting arena for former Manchester United star Bruce - who was first appointed player-boss at Sheffield United in 1998 - to mark his managerial milestone, but his mind will be more on arresting his side's run of three consecutive defeats.

I genuinely haven't looked at January yet - I'm happy with the squad we've got. We made big changes in the summer and some of those players are just starting to bed in and I'm sure we will get better as the season goes on.

It's all about doing all you can to keep the squad as good as it can be. Of course when you get beaten a few times the doubts creep in but you've got to keep everybody positive and make sure they believe in what you're doing.

There's not a lot wrong and we've just got to stay with it. We've got a really difficult run of games and now we're coming to a really critical part of the season.

– Hull City boss Steve Bruce

Dyche aiming to keep Burnley momentum going

Sean Dyche insists winning games will not change Burnley's approach to the Barclays Premier League.

Written off before the start of the season, the Clarets' prospects appeared bleak when they failed to win any of their first 10 league games.

I don't think it's ever got to a stage where it's been too affecting of the players. I think it's been positive all the way through. We believe in that environment anyway, the culture we set here.

Of course, winning enhances that, and it just reminds the players of what they're about. We made a fantastic habit of winning a lot last year - the challenge changed, quite simply.

I felt wins would come regardless of all the outside media angles, and they have come, but I also suggested that one doesn't cure everything and two doesn't - you need more. So we're still thirsty and hungry to get more.

– Burnley manager Sean Dyche
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