Wednesday 23 January 2019

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Hull manager Steve Bruce confirmed the signing of Cork City defender Brian Lenihan (above), although the 20-year-old is likely to go straight into the club's development squad rather than challenging for a first-team place.

"Lenihan is done and dusted. He's one for the future," said Bruce after yesterday's 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

Bruce, meanwhile, expects forward George Boyd to sign for Burnley after allowing him to hold talks with the Clarets.

"It looks like Boydy will go to Burnley. We allowed George to speak to Burnley and personally I wish him well," said Bruce after his side lost 2-1 at Aston Villa.

"He got an offer of a three or four year contract at Burnley and the chance to play.

"But I've been in the game a long time and if all professional footballers were like George Boyd my job would be easy."

Lambert, whose side were dire at home last season, was content to focus on the positives of Villa's early dominance.

"I thought in the first half we were outstanding. If we'd scored another couple I don't think anyone could have begrudged us that and that would have made the second half a little more easy," Lambert said.

"Gaby (Agbonlahor), especially in the first half, was unplayable. Excellent."

"The movement of the midfield was terrific, the passing was so sharp, our willingness to go and win the game was excellent."

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