Next Match: away to Swansea, December 09
Hull boss Steve Bruce accepted his side were always going to be up against it after conceding so quickly in Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal. Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner scored his first Gunners goal since March 2011, heading home after just 90 seconds to set the hosts on their way at the Emirates Stadium, with Mesut Ozil extended the lead at the start of the second half, finishing off a fine passing exchange with Aaron Ramsey. "Arsenal are confident enough and then when they go 1-0 up early on it becomes a difficult evening for us," said Bruce, whose side had recorded a home win over Liverpool on Sunday. "I was delighted to get back into the game, but we then did the same thing in the second half. However, late on we rolled our sleeves up otherwise it could have been embarrassing."