Upturn in Hull City's form gives Bruce a lift

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Hull City are moving in the right direction according to Steve Bruce, after their 2-0 win over fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce praised Hull City's players as they climbed out of the Premier League drop zone with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Goals from Nikica Jelavic and Dame N’Doye – making his first start – secured Hull’s first league win since New Year’s Day, and sent Villa into the bottom three.

The victory comes days after a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and Bruce believes his side are moving in the right direction.

"We took a bit of confidence from the weekend [against City],” he told BBC Sport. "It was nice to beat a team that was in and around us.

"Psychologically it's good for everybody.

“That was more like what I've been used to seeing for the last two-and-a-half years. We've given ourselves a good chance [of staying up]."

Hull face another of their relegation rivals next weekend as QPR make the trip to the KC Stadium, the manager-less strugglers also buoyed by a win on Tuesday – over Sunderland.