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Chelsea results will not define season, says Bruce

Created on Jan. 11, 2014 12:27 PM EST

Hull City's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea will be of little significance come the end of the Premier League season, according to manager Steve Bruce.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea 11 minutes into the second half at the KC Stadium, before Fernando Torres made sure of the points late on.

Despite expressing disappointment at his side's performance after the interval, Bruce stressed that Hull have more important fixtures this season.

"The season's never going to be defined by games against Chelsea," he said. "But over the last few months - especially against the big boys - we've kept the ball better and played better as a team.

"(In the) first half we were OK, but (in the) second half we were nowhere near posing Chelsea a threat.

"Hazard, who was for me the best player on the pitch, scores a wonder goal for them and after that it became a very difficult afternoon.

"We're disappointed in that, but it's not going to define our season.

"We've made a hell of a start to life in the Premier League, so let's hope that continues."

Bruce confirmed earlier in the day that Hull were in talks with striker Nikica Jelavic after agreeing a fee with Everton, while the club has also made contact with West Bromwich Albion over the availability of Shane Long.

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