Hull City have been in contention for the automatic promotion spots all season, but a poor run of form has derailed their hopes.
The Tigers now sit a full nine points adrift of an automatic promotion spot following a dismal run that has seen them pick up just two wins from their last 10 Championship fixtures, and Bruce told hullcitytigers.com how he plans to address the slump.
“Every footballer goes through a tough time and it’s all about how you respond to it and deal with it," he said. "You have to knuckle down and get back to doing the basics well again – that is what we will be working on all week."
At the end of August, the Humberside club went on a run of losing just once in 13 games, and were many pundit's tip for automatic promotion. They still have the foundations of a Premier League side with the likes of Abel Hernández among the ranks, but Bruce feels as though his side have forgotten the importance of doing the simple things correctly.
“It’s about concentrating on doing the simple things well and doing your own job,2 he added. "Far too many are trying to do somebody else’s job or trying the hard pass at the moment, trying to beat a man when they shouldn’t be. That all comes about through a little lack of confidence which unfortunately creeps in at times like this. For me, the simple thing in football is always the easiest."
The former Manchester United man's Hull side came from behind twice on Saturday in their 2-2 draw at Huddersfield, a point that could prove vital come the end of the season.
With four home games remaining out of their final six fixtures, Bruce will surely be targeting six victories to put pressure on those above them in the table.
Next up for the Tigers is a visit from mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.