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Bruce pays tribute to his squad

As Hull City prepare for their penultimate Premier League game of the season at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, manager Steve Bruce is demanding an improvement on Saturday's showing in the 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa - a performance he described as their worst of the campaign so far.

But Bruce has praised his squad after weekend results elsewhere ensured the Tigers' Premier League safety AND gave them a place in Europe next season.

Following their FA Cup semi-final victory against Sheffield United last month, Hull's place in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League is guaranteed. Victory in the final against Arsenal at Wembley would mean they'd go straight through to the group stage.