Hull City 2 - 1 Derby County

Match info: Championship at The KC Stadium

Date: 12/02/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: R Madley Att: 15,677

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hull City

Gedo 47
Ahmed Elmohamady 87

2
vs
1

Derby

Jamie Ward 84

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: February 12 2013, 23:08 GMT

Steve Bruce expects his trio of Egypt internationals to have a huge impact on Hull's npower Championship promotion push.

Steve Bruce: Impressed by Gedo impact
Steve Bruce: Impressed by Gedo impact

Goals from home debutant Gedo, within 90 seconds of his half-time introduction, and Ahmed Elmohamady were enough to secure a somewhat fortuitous victory over Derby, who levelled in the 84th minute through Jamie Ward only to concede soon after.

While Sunderland winger Elmohamady is enjoying a second loan stint at the KC Stadium, Gedo and Ahmed Fathi are settling in following temporary moves from Al Ahly at the end of the January transfer window.

Bruce, whose side now lie second behind runaway leaders Cardiff, is delighted to have such talent at his disposal and believes there is much more to come from City's Egyptian contingent - providing they can adapt to their new surroundings.

"The boy Gedo showed his class. He's an international footballer and I think he's got 19 goals in 30 games so we know he has got quality," said the Tigers boss.

"A big credit goes to the chairman. He's worked wonders to get him here.

"I didn't think it would be possible to get two international footballers on loan, and Fathi will be a big player for us too."

Bruce feels many people in this country are guilty of underrating Egyptian players.

"We don't think they are a big footballing nation, but they are and they have always been a really good team," he added.

"We've got three of them (Egyptians) at the moment and they'll play a big part. I'm convinced of that.

"Al Ahly play in front of 75,000 every week; they're the Man United of Africa really, so it's no surprise that they (Gedo and Fathi) are good players.

"Obviously they've got to adapt to England, but they are good players - simple as that."

Hull's ponderous first-half display left many home fans disgruntled, but Bruce pointed to a poor playing surface as a factor in his team's initial struggles.

"We've played some great football all season, but over the last month the pitch has deteriorated into one of those awful surfaces that's dry and bobbly," he said.

"It's a difficult pitch, so we changed it in the second half and went a little bit more direct. Thankfully it worked.

"From now until the end of the season it's all about results."

Derby boss Nigel Clough felt his side were extremely unfortunate to come away from the game empty-handed.

"It would have been a thoroughly deserved point. It was a very good away performance at one of the favourites for promotion and I can't ask any more from our players whatsoever," he said.

Clough expressed frustration at a handball he believed went unnoticed in the build-up to Hull's winner, adding: "That's two major decisions in four days that have gone against us."

However, he confirmed the Rams were unlikely to appeal Gareth Roberts' late red card for a high tackle on Nick Proschwitz.

"He's gone for the ball definitely, but with the ball being off the ground he has to be off the ground as well," explained Clough.

"We don't usually appeal these things unless it's blatantly obvious, so I don't think we will be, but it certainly wasn't intentional."