Bruce bemoans Hull ‘injustice’ after draw

Bruce bemoans Hull ‘injustice’ after draw

Hull manager Steve Bruce says he is angry at the “injustice” he feels denied his 10-man side victory in a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke in the Premier League.


Bruce blamed the match officials for awarding the throw-in that led to Stoke’s equaliser at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Stoke’s goal, just about bundled in by Ryan Shawcross, came seconds after referee Jonathan Moss had given Stoke a throw, despite the ball seemingly going out of play via a deflection off a Potters player.

Nikica Jelavic’s close-range finish shortly before half-time had put Hull in front despite James Chester’s 14th-minute sending off.

But rather than celebrate a draw, Bruce said: “We feel an injustice because you can see how blatant it is.

“Their player ran away and didn’t want to even take the throw-in. Surely that’s an indication to the referee or the officials to say, ‘Hang on a minute, it must have hit him’.

“It wasn’t even a slight deflection either. Everyone in the ground must have seen it except for the officials.

“I expect three officials to get something as blatant as that throw-in right…they’re only 30 yards away and I saw it.

“They said to me I was only guessing but when you see it, it’s ridiculous.”

Bruce added: “I got into trouble twice last year so I’ve vowed I’m not going to give the FA any more money.

“But we’ve had two shocking decisions in two weeks. Last week it was an awful penalty in the last 10 minutes but it didn’t count (against us), it was saved.

“Given the circumstances you would accept a point because we were down to 10 men in 15 minutes. But it’s difficult to take and it’s difficult for the players because the determination was manful to say the least.”

Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who played alongside Bruce at Manchester United, was frustrated by his side’s failure to make their man advantage count but pleased to have a point following last week’s defeat by Aston Villa.

“Given the situation we found ourselves in we didn’t take the best from that situation,” he said.

“We found ourselves up against a team with 10 men and first and foremost you don’t concede a goal. So we found ourselves in a situation entirely of our own making.

“We needed to show a little quality and guile and use our intelligence to understand what was required.

“We didn’t do that to a great extent in the second half.”

Hughes added: “We’re an honest group and we know we can do better than that.”