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Hull have to be ruthless in play-off second leg - Bruce

Steve Bruce says Hull have to be ruthless in the second leg despite a 3-0 lead Credit: PA

Hull boss Steve Bruce insists his side will not sit on their Championship play-off first-leg advantage as they aim to complete the job against Derby.

A scintillating display on Saturday at the iPro Stadium saw the Tigers earn a 3-0 advantage going into the second leg at home on Tuesday, putting them 90 minutes from the final.

Hull finished the season in fourth place and will face Sheffield Wednesday or Brighton in the play-off final if they complete the job.

Bruce has no inclination to simply protect the lead and is instead vowing to try and book a third Wembley visit in three years in style. The Tigers left Derby stunned with the manner of their victory on Saturday, especially as the Rams had recorded the double over Hull in the regular season. As a result, Bruce is guarding his side against a backlash.

I'd be a fool if I did anything different, we have got to go and match that performance. If we are capable of winning 3-0 so are Derby. We can't take anything for granted, we have to maintain our focus.

They will be really hurting so we have got to expect some backlash from them, they are a big club, with huge support and big tradition. They will be desperate to put that right. It ain't over, strange things happen in football.

It's very difficult to send a team out there to go and draw so we will go and be positive and try and win the match again. We have to be ruthless in what we do and by hook or by crook make sure we are through. It's a great opportunity we have given ourselves, that's all that it is.

– Steve Bruce

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