STEVE Bruce hailed the impact of Irish duo Stephen Quinn and David Meyler after they helped the Tigers frustrate Everton at Goodison Park last night.
Hull ended a run of four straight defeats as they came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Everton, Sole Aluko's 59th minute strike cancelling out a first-half goal from Romelu Lukaku. Toffees fans booed at the final whistle, a case of "emotion rather than a moan" from the supporters according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
But Hull boss Bruce was delighted with his side, especially the contribution of the three players who came into the starting XI: Ireland caps Quinn and Meyler and Liam Rosenior.
"They give you a refreshing honesty and an endeavour. They've done well for me and will continue to do well," said Bruce. "We had a difficult time at Old Trafford and them coming in gave everyone a boost, We needed a result and we needed to give everyone a lift because it's been difficult over the last month. It's an unforgiving league but thankfully we've taken something from the game.
"When you're up against it, the one thing I wanted to do was to make sure we had an endeavour and effort about us."
Martinez admitted it was a difficult night for his side and he noted the contribution of Meyler and Quinn. "Hull City decided that they were coming clearly to make things difficult, to be very strong defensively and they had two very energetic banks of four with Quinn and Myler in the wide positions.
"And I thought we were fantastic in the first half, we showed a real good intent.
"The second half it was clearly different. I just felt that the approach of Hull City suited their role. It's a difficult moment of the season to find energy with so many games. We couldn't find any energy. It's very difficult they way we are as a team to be creative and to be strong when you haven't got the energy."