Bruce urges Hull City to maintain strong home form

The Tigers have lost just once at the KC Stadium this season, recording four clean sheets, while the 52-year-old manager also hopes to sign Jake Livermore on a permanent basis
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is keen for his side to continue their solid home form and has set the Tigers a target of 20 points in the Premier League before Christmas.

The team have impressed at the KC Stadium this term, losing just once and conceding a mere three goals in seven matches, and even beat Liverpool 3-1 last time out.

The visit of Stoke City marks the first of five fixtures over 18 days in a busy festive period, and Bruce believes Hull have reached a pivotal moment in their season.

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"Could this period define the season? Yes, I think so," he said. "If you can put back-to-back games together now, that can stand you in good stead.

"Can we get to 20 points before Christmas? That would be ideal and we'd be halfway to getting where we want to be.

"We knew how difficult it would be to be in the Premier League and we knew we would have to be really, really good at home and, touch wood, we have been.

"It's imperative it stays that way because we're under no illusion how hard it will be."

With the January transfer window fast approaching, Bruce would like to make additions to his squad but admits his biggest aim is to tie up a permanent deal for on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore.

"I'd love to do a deal for Jake if it's possible but he's Tottenham's player," Bruce added.

"I'll have a conversation and the key to it is Spurs. Jake has now played 15 times for us this season and done very well for us.

"It's in their corner because he's their player and whether they are willing to sell is a big question."