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Bruce deserved award says Palace rival Neil

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock believes Hull's Steve Bruce deserved to win last season's manager of the year ahead of his Eagles predecessor Tony Pulis.

After winning promotion from the Championship, Bruce steered Hull to a 16th-placed finish in the top flight and led the club to its first ever FA Cup final.

He was beaten to the top manager's prize, however, by Pulis, who rescued Palace from the bottom three and guided the Eagles to 11th.

Palace travel to Hull tomorrow and Warnock believes his opposite number should have been given more recognition for his success last term.

"I know Tony got manager of the year but I thought Steve Bruce was head and shoulders the best manager around," Warnock said.

"To make a club like Hull very comfortable in the Premier League and to get to the FA Cup final - I thought that was fantastic.

"He's done an incredible job and he's got fabulous support from his chairman too.

"I know the chairman gets criticism but there aren't many teams in the bottom half who have had as much money put in as Hull.

"He's been fantastic and they've bought some very good players."

Warnock arrived at Selhurst Park at the end of August and Palace are unbeaten in the league since he took over.