Steve Bruce laughed off suggestions Hull's 2-1 victory over Wolves was particularly sweet after he was overlooked for the manager's job at Molineux earlier this year.

The Tigers boss, then unemployed, applied for the role in February but Terry Connor got the nod and Wolves were relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Bruce went on to take the City job and victory on Tuesday night made it five wins from six games, signalling their promotion ambitions.

But when asked if the result carried any added meaning in light of previous events, Bruce laughed and said: "I knew somebody was going to ask me that!"

He added: "Not really, it's football. At one time thought I was close, but it's gone, it's history, I'm just pleased we've got the result."

Sone Aluko's first-half free-kick, his third goal in three matches, handed the hosts the first-half lead and Jay Simpson conjured up a magical finish from a seemingly impossible angle to make it 2-0 six minutes after the interval. A defensive lapse afforded the visitors a route back into the match when James Chester put through his own net, but the Tigers held on.

Stale Solbakken's Wolves are now winless in five and their mid-table position will not satisfy a fan base expecting the club to challenge for promotion. The Norwegian was downcast after the game but felt the visitors could have taken a point back with them.

"We were a little bit unlucky," he said. "They scored one brilliant goal, I don't know how the second one went in.

"Defensively we were very solid all through the game, we didn't really let them have many other chances and we had some chances to make it 2-2.

"We're having a bad spell at the moment, but we have to toughen up and don't feel sorry for ourselves and keep on playing. It's a crazy division at times and we're not doing well enough in it, we're not picking up enough points and we have to improve in that department."