With a cluster of negative results battering Hull's confidence, Tom Huddlestone showed great character and responded well after being dropped to the substitutes bench in the Tigers' visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, according to manager Steve Bruce.
As a reward for his excellent response paired with thorough work in training since the 3-0 hammering at the weekend.
Steve Bruce expressed his negativity in Tom Huddlestone when the former Sunderland boss labelled the 27-year-old a "big time Charlie" after Hull's uncharacteristic defeat to Burnley, who have since hit the ground running.
After joining in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £5 million from Tottenham Hotspur, it was the first of a kind for the rare England international as he has never been dropped from the first team with the exception of injury or a minor cup tie.
Bruce explained in a press conference ahead of Hull's trip to Goodison Park on Wednesday: "I'm aware that we have three games in the space of a week so to preserve his energy, I rested him."
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He then went on the praise the 27-year-old for his exemplary reaction: "Tom was unfortunate to be left out but he took it exactly the way I thought he would."
"He didn't go in a huff, he got on with it and that's why he'll be returning to the starting XI against Everton. He deserves it."
With a fifth consecutive defeat on the brink of occurring, Bruce must be careful in his selection; a key area which has been tampered with more often than not this season at the KC Stadium as the coaching staff are still pondering over their strongest squad.
After Burnley's draw with Newcastle United on Tuesday, the Tigers were dragged into the drop zone and will be hoping to get rid of their current unwanted status.
"You need 10 wins. At the moment we've only got two so we've got a bit of catching up to do" as the Hull boss hinted at an all-out attack to return to East Yorkshire with all three points.
But the 53-year-old then described Everton's superiority and prowess. "They've got great players but so do we. It's just a case of who can express their mentality better."
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