Premier League: Hull City boss Steve Bruce admits his admiration of Arsenal
Hull City boss Steve Bruce acknowledged his admiration for Arsenal's display as they were 3-0 winners at the KC Stadium.
Last Updated: 24/04/14 2:48pm
First-half goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski saw the Gunners cruising at the break, before the Germany international added his second just after half-time to wrap things up.
Hull enjoyed some good spells in the early stages of the game and Jake Livermore struck the post with the scoreline at 1-0, but it was a relatively straightforward three points for the visitors in the end.
Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were involved in some patient build-up play for the opener before Ramsey was played through on goal to fire past Steve Harper, a move which Bruce could only applaud.
"Their first goal, you have to say, is one of true quality. You look at it from the passing and movement to the finish - everything about it," he told Sky Sports.
"Up until half an hour, we were arguably the better team, we've had one or two chances. Against the Arsenal or any of the big teams you have to take them. You're not going to get hatfuls of them."
Bruce did claim that Mikel Arteta should have been penalised for bringing down Nikica Jelavic prior to Arsenal's second of the afternoon, but was again impressed by what followed from Arsene Wenger's side.
He said: "The big turning point in the whole match was just before half-time. Was it a free-kick? Wasn't it?
"You would think you would get them usually at home. Everybody in the ground seemed to think so apart from the referee and even then, you have to say it was a great finish and great skill from Arsenal.
"Then, all of a sudden, you're 2-0 down at half-time. You're playing well and you're 2-0 down and against the bigger teams like that it's very difficult chasing it."