Steve Bruce bemoaned lapses at both ends of the field after Hull City's automatic promotion hopes took another blow with a 2-2 draw against Huddersfield Town.

Hosts Town took the lead twice but each time Hull found an equaliser - but the winner to keep pace with top two Burnley and Middlesbrough eluded them.

The Hull manager believed his side created enough chances, but rued defensive mistakes.

Bruce declared: “Hopefully the goal from Abel will kick-charge him in, but we’ve shot ourselves in the foot by missing big opportunities that have come our way.

“Look, we’ve had one win in eight - probably at the wrong time.

“It hasn’t happened for us and today was typical of what it has been for the last six weeks. We’ve created enough chances and unfortunately made mistakes.

“We’ve made mistakes for their goal, in particular the first one and then we give them an own goal, which is tough to take.”

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And a return to the 3-5-2 formation following midweek defeat to Derby didn't yield the result Bruce wanted, with the former Town boss believing his side were too open and left David Wagner's men too much space to attack.

He added: "We were too open today. We threw caution to wind and were reckless at times.

"After the debacle of Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat at Derby, I was entitled to make changes. But we were far too open and the wing backs were too high up which left us vulnerable at the back.

"We looked better at 4-4-2 and the substitutes made a difference."

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Town were able to extend a miserable run for the Tigers, who were flying in January but have now won just one of their last eight games.

They now find themselves in fourth, with fifth-place Derby County now level on points - albeit having played one game more.

And Bruce was forced to concede that automatic promotion is looking increasingly unlikely as the season enters its final stretch.

“I have to say it looks a bit remote at the minute because just at the wrong time we’ve stumbled," said Bruce.

"The concern is that we have won just one of our last eight. That run has come at the wrong time. It's just not happened for us and that's typical of us last six weeks."