Bruce bemoans failure to 'get to grips' with Europa League

The Hull City manager is frustrated with the way in which his side brought to an end their first foray into European football with an away-goals exit to Lokeren on Thursday
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is frustrated at his side's failure to "get to grips" with the Europa League.

The Tigers' run to the FA Cup final last season earned them their first ever foray into European football but they were eliminated 2-2 on aggregate despite beating Lokeren 2-1 in the second leg of their play-off on Thursday.

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Bruce's men lost the opening game 1-0 at the Daknamstadion in Belgium and it proved costly as, despite Robbie Brady's double, their opponents took advantage of the away-goals rule, leaving the manager disappointed.

"To go out the way we did is the worst, on away goals, but that's what playing in Europe is like. It's a totally different ball game and we didn't get to grips with it," he told reporters.

"To have had a big couple of European nights would have been terrific so it's a shame. It would have been a great adventure for everyone.

"We've won the match and gone out on the rule but, if we're being honest, we didn't play to the levels I expect.

"That's the disappointing thing, even though we won the game. It's gone too quick for everyone but it's not to be so we move on."

Hull will now turn their attention to Sunday's Premier League fixture at Aston Villa.

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