Hull City 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic

Match info: Championship at KCOM Stadium

Date: 16/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson Att: 16,849

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Hull City

Gedo 33



FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 8:31 GMT

Hull manager Steve Bruce believes his side can continue to defy the pre-season odds after Egyptian forward Gedo kept the Tigers' promotion bid on track.

Steve Bruce believes his side can sustain promotion form
Steve Bruce believes his side can sustain promotion form

The deadline-day signing prodded home from a 33rd-minute corner to hand Bruce's side a 1-0 win over npower Championship opponents Charlton and keep them in the top two.

Bruce is aware that such a lofty position was not widely anticipated at the start of the campaign, but expects at least one of the automatic promotion places will go to a side who started the year unfancied.

"We were 40-1 outsiders at the start of the season," said Bruce. "People didn't give us a hope in hell but we're there or thereabouts.

"With another week gone we're still there. February is nearly gone and we'll see where we go.

"I can't see a reason why we can't (go up). We've got 14 games to go and we probably have to win seven of them. We've got a chance, a good chance, but so do a few others.

"There's been two outstanding results from Crystal Palace and from Watford too today.

"Nobody predicted Hull, Palace and Watford would be chasing Cardiff but there we are.

"The championship is a level playing field. That is the beauty of it, how hard it is."

The arrival of Gedo has certainly given Hull a shot in the arm.

He scored as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Derby last time out and hit the target again on his first start.

Bruce admits life may not always be as rosy for the striker but nevertheless hailed the deal to bring him to the KC Stadium as a "masterstroke" for the club.

"He's had a great start but the big questions we're all going to ask are can he sustain it and can he adjust to life in England," said Bruce.

"Just at the right time the chairman has been able to pull off a masterstroke. To get someone of his quality is no mean feat.

"They're a big nation, Egypt. To get a striker of his quality is a terrific feat for us.

"Let's hope he continues the way he started."

Charlton struggled for meaningful possession for much of the first hour but began to find their feet in the closing stages.

Bradley Pritchard went close and substitute Danny Haynes had two decent chances, the second forcing a fine save from David Stockdale.

Addicks manager Chris Powell said: "We didn't start off the right way and we paid the price with a poor goal.

"But we gradually got into it and soldiered on. I asked for a response at half-time and I got that.

"The save from David Stockdale from Danny Haynes (was vital)...that could have got us something out of today."

He also praised a Hull side who have now won three games in four.

"We played a good team who play a certain style but we managed to quell that at times," added Powell.

"They're a confident side who are going well and we knew it would be a difficult task over 90 minutes. But for a relatively inexperienced team we certainly played our part."

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