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Bruce fumes at 'injustice' of Stoke's equaliser


Steve Bruce. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Steve Bruce. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Steve Bruce. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Hull manager Steve Bruce bemoaned an "injustice" against his side after a wrongly-awarded throw-in allowed Stoke to claim a late equaliser at the KC Stadium.

Bruce was unhappy about a penalty decision in last week's 1-0 win at QPR and was again left frustrated with the officials after the Potters snatched a 1-1 draw against 10-man Hull.

Their goal, bundled in by Ryan Shawcross, came seconds after referee Jonathan Moss had given Stoke the throw, despite an apparent deflection off one of their players.

Nikica Jelavic's poacher's finish had put Bruce's men on the cusp of a second successive league win for the first time in almost a year despite James Chester's 14th-minute sending off.

But instead of celebrating three points, the Tigers boss was left exasperated.

"We feel an injustice because you can see how blatant it is," he said.

"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 officals 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's ridiculous."

Bruce tried his best to stay on the right side of tactful, wary of attracting disciplinary action, but was aggrieved enough after his side's hard-working effort to make his point.

"I got into trouble twice last year so I've vowed I'm not going to give the FA any more money," he added.