Poyet keeps cool after spat with furious Bruce

Steve Bruce shouts towards Sunderland boss Gus Poyet in last night's sideline spat.
Steve Bruce shouts towards Sunderland boss Gus Poyet in last night's sideline spat.
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GUS POYET opted to keep his counsel over his ugly touchline spat with Steve Bruce, but insisted he had made peace with the Hull boss.

Poyet was sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the first of Sunderland’s 1-1 draw at Hull last night after kicking a water-bottle carrier in frustration at Jack Rodwell being booked for diving.

But what followed was more eye-catching after Poyet walked over to ex-Sunderland boss Bruce in the opposite dug-out, made some remarks and sarcastically applauded.

Bruce was infuriated and had to be restrained by the linesman in response.

However, both managers opted against making the conversation public after the game, with Poyet claiming that he had made up with Bruce and was taking up his offer of a post-match drink.

Poyet said: “I’m old-fashioned.

I was not happy with the decision on McShane, diving like he was in a theatre, dancing ballet and getting a free-kick for Hull

Gus Poyet

“What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.

“I will take it. It’s football, it’s passion.

“I just shook hands afterwards. I didn’t see him before because I was not allowed.

“Kicking a bucket of water bottles is nothing serious. But I understand it didn’t look good when 20 bottles are coming out.”

Dean looked to have made the correct decision in booking Rodwell, when the fit-again midfielder went to ground too easily on the edge of the box after knocking it past Hull centre-half Alex Bruce.

But Poyet says his frustration stemmed from Hull’s former Sunderland defender Paul McShane not receiving a similar punishment moments earlier.

Poyet added: “I was not happy with the decision on McShane, diving like he was in a theatre, dancing ballet and getting a free-kick for Hull.

“And then Jack diving and getting a yellow card against.

“Have a look on TV. McShane in the first half, going down like he’d been shot and getting a free-kick.

“I was just asking for the same treatment.”

Ex-Sunderland boss Bruce said: “We all do stupid things and we will wake up to stupid headlines. We’ll both regret it in the morning, but we get on with our lives.

“These things happen in the heat of the moment, grown men acting like a couple of children.

“What he said will stay between me and him...it’s up to Gus to reveal what he said but I don’t think he will.

“It wasn’t very pleasant, like ‘have a nice evening Steve’. But I’m not going to reveal it to sell your newspapers.

“The critical thing was that Gus has seen it differently about Jack Rodwell diving to gain advantage. The referee got it right, but I think by his reaction Gus saw it the other way.”

Bruce was also grateful to assistant referee Stuart Burt for his persistence in holding him back when the red mist descended.

“I thanked him, I’ll probably have to buy him a beer too,” he said.

“A big heavyweight like me and he was a lightweight to be fair to him. He was exhausted trying to keep hold of me.”