Hull boss Bruce: I was always confident about Davies

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says Curtis Davies hasn't surprised him after his performance for their draw with Aston Villa.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says Curtis Davies hasn't surprised him after his performance for their draw with Aston Villa.

Bruce was delighted with the player's quality and bravery in a match that otherwise had minimal talking points.

"Sometimes a centre-back doesn't get the recognition he deserves, but he really was a proper captain in this match. He was terrific," said Bruce, a long-serving member of the defenders' union from his playing days.

"He has a horrible, horrible cut now, a really nasty one. It's a cut over the eye but a bad one which is down to the bone. It might need internal stitches too.

"But he put in a fantastic performance and helped us get a clean sheet. I thought he was by far the most outstanding player on the pitch.

"He hasn't surprised me. For me to pay £2.25million is a lot of money. I've still got big connections at Birmingham and he's been their player of the year for the last two seasons, which is not easy to do for a centre-back."

 
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