Bruce agony over late drama

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HULL are head­ing back to the big time – but they cer­tainly made their fans and boss Steve Bruce sweat at the KC Sta­dium on yet an­other dra­matic fi­nal day.

A week af­ter Brent­ford blew their big chance in League One the Tigers al­most did the same – miss­ing a last minute penalty to se­cure the win they needed for pro­mo­tion against Cardiff and then con­ced­ing a last minute equaliser.

To add to the ten­sion City then had to watch the fi­nal 15 min­utes of pro­mo­tion ri­vals Wat­ford’s clash with Leeds that had been de­layed by an in­jury to Hor­nets goal­keeper Jonathan Bond – him­self a late re­place­ment for Manuel Almu- nia who was in­jured in the warm up.

A Wat­ford win­ner would have sent them up but the cham­pagne corks were pop­ping when Leeds striker Ross McCor­mack caught out Hor­nets debu­tant Jack Bon­ham, who started the day as Wat­ford’s No.3 keeper hav­ing never made a pro­fes­sional ap­pear­ance.

There was plenty of late drama in the play-off race too as Crys­tal Palace came from be­hind to beat Peter­bor­ough, in the process rel­e­gat­ing Posh, and Le­ices­ter won at Not­ting­ham For­est to take the fi­nal spot off Bolton who could only draw with Black­pool.

Wolves’ rel­e­ga­tion was con­firmed by their de­feat at Brighton.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

EYES OF THE TIGERS: Hull cel­e­brate Paul McShane’s goal that helped se­cure pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League. Inset: Palace and Le­ices­ter book their play­off places

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