Hull City boss Steve Bruce ready for 'huge game'

Steve Bruce

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says his side's match against Cardiff on Saturday is like "a play-off final".

The Tigers could have secured automatic promotion last week but fell to a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.

Bruce's side now sit one point ahead of Watford, who face Leeds at home, with inferior goal difference.

"It's a huge game for everyone concerned and it reminds me of a play-off final. It's a big opportunity," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"Let's bring it on and really enjoy the occasion. I hope it's a bouncing KC Stadium.

"In my experience I think they'll come here wanting to spoil our party. We couldn't have asked for a more difficult game but we've got to overcome that."

Hull are looking to return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2010.

Bruce, in his first season with the Tigers, believes Gianfranco Zola's side are under the same pressure as Hull.

"It's all about us and how we perform and I'd rather be where we are than where Watford are," he said.

"It'll be just as difficult for them because they've been playing without expectation in the last few games. They've had a wonderful couple of results but their previous six or seven were disappointing.

"It's all to play for but whatever they do if we win then we're up."