STEVE Bruce thought referee Andre Marriner made the right calls in reducing Sunderland to nine men in a scrappy game in which the Tigers clawed their way to a precious 1-0 win yesterday.
Hull’s former Sunderland manager told reporters. “I’ve looked at both challenges and the referee, in my book, is right.
“The Andrea Dossena one is a horrible one and that red goes without saying.
“As for Lee Cattermole – I think everyone knows that I love him as a lad – but the directive in football is that if you leave the floor with your studs showing you’re always looking at a red.
“Lee’s a fine player, but the one thing Lee has got to curb is that red mist that comes down and he has to know you can’t make that sort of challenge in today’s football and I’m sure, evenutally, he will.
“You might have got away with it in my day but not anymore – yhe referee has got that one right.
“And the second one is a horror challenge on David Meyler, who has had two serious injuries in his career and those are the ones that can end careers.”
Other than those talking points, Bruce was just grateful to have got back to winning ways in a difficult game for his tired players and his injury-ravaged squad.
“It was a tough week for us after two hard games against Spurs in which the lads have run a hundred miles,” added Bruce, whose side have already got 14 points on the board.
“It was a tough game for us against nine men and, in the end, we had to rely on our keeper, Steve Harper, to make sure we got the win.
“Sunderland did it very well – they put three at the back, four in the middle and they invited us to cross the ball.
“We needed a second goal to make it safe.
“Fair play to them, they almost got themselves out of a hole, but it wasn’t to be for them.
“Thankfully, at the end of the day we’ve got the three points which puts us 10 points above Sunderland and Crystal Palace with a quarter of the season gone.
“And one thing I know is that we’ve got to get as many points against the teams in and around us at the bottom as we can and, in my humble opinion, Sunderland and Crystal Palace will be the teams near the bottom come the end of the campaign.”
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