Bruce: Tired display by Hull

Steve Bruce believes the hectic festive period has taken its toll on his Hull City players after they toiled in a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.

Daniel Agger's header and another goal from Luis Suarez sealed Liverpool's win over the Tigers, who failed to match the attacking endeavour they showed in Saturday's 6-0 thrashing of Fulham.

Bruce gave the hosts credit for their win, but insisted his players were running on empty at Anfield.

"Towards the end we were game enough to keep trying but you could see a lot of tired bodies and the third game in six days was a bit too much for us," he said.

"It was a big ask for us, we needed to be right at it and be fresh and it was a bit too much for us.

"A footballer can play a match every day but he can't play with the same intensity.

"We looked tired towards the end, your concentration goes and you don't have the energy to compete.

"Sometimes you have to say you were beaten by the better team and we were today.

"The disappointing thing is the game was settled by two set-pieces. Luis Suarez's free-kick has made the game comfortable for them in the end."