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rea­son why we are in this po­si­tion is the abil­ity of the play­ers to get the ball down and play with free­dom and the whole thing caught up with us.

“We will be bet­ter next week be­cause, to be bru­tally hon­est, we couldn’t be any worse.

“The dress­ing room is dis­ap­pointed. We knew this was an im­por­tant game for us.”

De­spite be­ing boosted by a first league start of the sea­son for Matty Fryatt, Hull started slug­gishly and could have been be­hind on 20 min­utes had Steven Davies con­nected with Neil Kilkenny’s cross with any in­tent.

Hull’s lim­ited chances in the first half fell to Rob­bie Brady and Gedo, but nei­ther found the tar­get.

Bris­tol City, rel­e­gated in mid­week af­ter their 1-0 loss to Birm­ing­ham, were look­ing the most likely to break the dead­lock af­ter the restart, the im­pres­sive Al­bert Adomah forc­ing keeper David Stock­dale into a good save.

Meyler al­most eased the ten­sion when he found space in­side the area in added time, but Heaton pro­duced a fine save to deny Hull, who are look­ing to make a re­turn to the Pre­mier League af­ter a three­year wait.

“We’ve played bet­ter in our home games and lost,” said Bris­tol City boss Sean O’Driscoll.

“But we must be happy with the per­for­mance be­cause we re­stricted a very good Hull side to one shot.

“Some play­ers have come in and played a part, like (Matthew) Bates, (Neil) Kilkenny and Adomah, and the progress of the team is mas­sive.

“We brought Richard Fos­ter in as well to change the shape to com­bat Hull and really thwarted them.

“They aren't where they are in the league by fluke.They’re a very good side who will most likely win pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League.

“I’d like to get a team that is or­gan­ised de­fen­sively, and fluid go­ing for­ward. It doesn’t come overnight, but we were de­cent.

“We’re still look­ing at League One next sea­son but we must look at the pos­i­tives rather than the neg­a­tives.”

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TIGER­ISH: Hull skip­per Jack Hobbs out­mus­cles Robins striker Steve Davies

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