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The manager is pleased with his promoted side's preparations and praised his forwards after the pair combined for the only goal against the German side in a pre-season friendly

Steve Bruce has praised attackers Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo following Hull’s 1-0 victory over Dynamo Dresden in a friendly on Saturday.

Ivory Coast international Yannick Sagbo arrived in July from Ligue 1 side Evian and scored the only goal of the game early in the first half after receiving a low pass from fellow forward Sone Aluko, who is returning from an achilles injury that kept him out for the second half of last season.

The Tigers manager was pleased with the performance of his side and reserved special praise for the pair, who he believes bring much needed pace to the Hull frontline.

"I took great pleasure out of the way Sone played because he looks as though he’s getting back to his old self again," Bruce told the club’s official website.

"With Yannick, I hope there’s a lot more of that to come from him. One thing he offers us is that he wants to run in behind and stretch defences with his pace. He took his goal extremely well.

"He’s only been with us since last Wednesday and the more he’s with us, he will only get better. He’s got all the attributes – the strength, the pace, the power and a nice touch as well.

"It couldn’t have been a better start for the kid and let’s hope there’s plenty more to come."

The ex Sunderland manager is pleased with his side's efforts in pre-season so far, with two friendlies left to play before the Premier League curtain-raiser, and believes his side are ready for the new campaign.

"We’re two weeks away now. I’ve said all along that the longer it goes, the players realise they’re not on the beach anymore," he commented.

"We were excellent in the first half on Saturday and I was very pleased. It’s not just a case of being pleased about the result, but I was pleased with how we played in difficult conditions against a good team.

"We went to Dresden because we knew it wouldn’t be easy and it never is when you come to Germany. It was a good test and we played well, which was important.

"We’ve got another game on Tuesday night and then one at home on Saturday. Everybody is looking fit and working extremely hard."

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