Friday 23 February 2018

Bruce stands by luckless Graham

Wayne Gardiner

Steve Bruce is ready to stand by Danny Graham despite the Hull striker's long wait for a goal continuing yesterday.

The Sunderland loanee has not scored in his last 21 games, spanning three clubs – Swansea, the Black Cats and now Hull – and he was wildly off target at the KC Stadium.

He smashed over the bar of an open goal from eight yards with six minutes on the clock and then ended the game with a poor miss with a header which barely tested Joe Lewis in the Cardiff goal.

"Danny has to stay strong," said Bruce. "If you're a striker, you go through these spells. He's finding it difficult but perhaps that's why he's here. Perhaps he's trying too hard because his overall game was terrific."

After taking the lead through defender Curtis Davies' first goal for the club – a smart 40th-minute header off Tom Huddlestone's near-unplayable cross – Hull went into their shells somewhat and were made to pay when Peter Whittingham equalised after the break.

For Cardiff, the result brought about a first point on the road since their promotion as champions and continued their impressive adjustment to life in the top flight. Since a 2-0 loss at West Ham on the opening day they have gone three unbeaten, including a fine win over Manchester City.

"I knew it would be tough and it proved that way. We deserved a point," said boss Malky Mackay.

Sunday Independent

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