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Hernandez shines as Hull exploit injury-hit Rovers
pounce again, with Tom Huddlestone capitalising on another stray pass from the home side to release Hernandez with a lobbed ball into the right channel. The striker then drove into the box before squaring unselfishly for Diame to roll the ball home.
The second goal seem to knock the stuffing out of Rovers, and Hull could have extended their advantage had substitute Chuba Akpom been able to guide his finish either side of Steele in the latter stages, but they went on to see the game out with ease.
The win sees Hull move two points above Middlesbrough ahead of their trip to Leeds on Monday night, and Bruce paid tribute to his side’s resolve as they look to secure an immediate return to the top flight.
“As I’ve said since August, the mentality has to be bang on, because the Championship is a really tough, tough place to ply your trade,” he added.
“You need a certain resilience, and we certainly looked as if we’ve got it.”
Blackburn manager Paul Lambert, meanwhile, was left to count the cost of his side’s late injury and illness withdrawals, as Rovers saw their winless run in the Championship extend to ten games.
“Losing three lads who played ever so well for us last week at Middlesbrough was a blow to the spine of the side,” Lambert said.
“We had Hope pull out in the warm-up and it was too risky to play Grant or Danny, because we’ve got 11 games in 30 odd days.
“The disappointing thing for me was we had the ball twice when Hull scored their two goals, and we’ve been hit on that.We’d secured possession, and we made the wrong decisions when we had the ball.”
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