Steve Bruce hopeful Hull can cause Capital One Cup upset at Manchester City

Hull City manager Steve Bruce gestures from the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Middlesbrough
Image: Steve Bruce hopes he can guide Hull City to another major cup final

Steve Bruce hopes Hull City can recreate their FA Cup heroics of 2014 when they face Manchester City for a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

The Tigers travel to take on the Premier League leaders on Tuesday, with Bruce hopeful of a third upset in this year's competition after earlier wins over Swansea and in-form Leicester City.

They led Arsenal 2-0 in the FA Cup final at the end of the 2013-14 season before eventually losing 3-2 and Bruce feels there is a good chance to take the Sky Bet Championship side to another major cup final with City lacking Sergio Aguero through injury.

"Once you get to this stage, Man City will be looking at it and thinking Arsenal are out, Chelsea are out, Man U are out," Bruce said ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

"So there's a path forward for them and we can only think the same thing.

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Hull manager Steve Bruce says he made too many changes to the side for the 2-0 defeat to Derby

"If we can mount a great upset, then we'll give ourselves a chance, which we did 18 months ago in the FA Cup.

"You look at their squad and there is so much depth. They bring on (Wilfried) Bony, (David) Silva's on the bench and they can move Yaya Toure into a centre forward position.

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"Really it doesn't matter who you play. It's what we are going to do to try and stop them from playing like we did last year in the Premier League, when we were only a minute away from beating them, so let's go and have a crack."

Hull were beaten 2-0 by promotion rivals Derby County on Friday, but Bruce admits he made too many positional changes and says there is plenty of motivation within the squad to start another lengthy unbeaten run.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match at the KC Stadium, Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday November 27, 201
Image: Bruce admitted he made too many changes to his side when they were beaten 2-0 by Derby

"Up until Friday, we hadn't been beaten for four months," Bruce added.

"We've had a really consistent run, we've only lost three out of 22 games and rightly so we can feel a bit confident, even though we lost on Friday.

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Highlights of Hull's 2-0 home defeat by Derby in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night

"We've got to have the belief we can mount a challenge against them and take them on. We've had a good cup run so let's see if we can challenge one of the best teams in Europe.

"(On Friday) I made a mistake, but even 800 games in, you've still got to give yourself a smack now and again and say 'what the hell are you doing?'

"Sometimes in hindsight, it's easy so in that respect I blame myself for the first 25 minutes. We'll make sure people are playing in the right position on Tuesday night."

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