Steve Bruce had only one complaint about his Hull team's performance in a 2-1 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate, which was that they should have won more comfortably.

Sone Aluko's early strike and an own goal from Cole Skuse earned the visitors three points in the npower Championship tussle as Hull climbed three places to reach sixth.

"The better team won, no doubt about that, but if I have to be critical the chances we missed have been typical of us," said manager Bruce.

"In a few games this year we should have been out of sight, but overall I have to be very pleased indeed with the way we performed.

"We are playing the way I want to at the moment. We like to pass the ball around and have some very good footballers."

Home boss Derek McInnes said: "We have a sickness bug sweeping the club and more than one player went out there feeling under the weather.

"Stephen McManus complained of illness, but we are short of centre-backs so he had to play, and Steven Davies was sick at half-time.

"We are on a bad run and the only remedy is hard work. But I have 100 per cent faith in the players here and I know we are capable of digging ourselves out of trouble.

"We have to keep believing and that applies to the fans too. It is hard at times like these, but I am convinced we have the squad to turn things around.

"It won't happen overnight, but there is no shortage of commitment from players or staff."