STEVE BRUCE was left fuming over three refereeing decisions after the 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace sucked Hull back into the relegation battle.
Jason Puncheon's 16th minute strike secured back-to-back wins for Palace and moved them level on points with the Tigers, who have now lost four on the trot. But Bruce felt his side were denied two clear penalties by referee Roger East, who then infuriated the City boss further by sending off his goalkeeper Allan McGregor in stoppage time.
"I think we have a blatant call for two penalties, for me the referee has got them wrong," he said.
Bruce certainly had a point about the second penalty shout after Shane Long, making his Hull debut, was sent sprawling by Gabbidon's clumsy challenge.
But referee East saw nothing untoward and Bruce's mood worsened moments later when Puncheon struck what proved to be the winner. There was more than an element of fortune about the goal as well.
Yannick Bolasie reached the byline and his cross – at the second attempt – reached Puncheon, whose initial header was flying well wide. However, it hit the back of teammate Marouane Chamakh and fell perfectly for Puncheon to crash high into the net.
Hull attempted to hit back after the break, but Jake Livermore blazed a good chance over and Liam Rosenior prodded wide from all of two yards.
And Bruce's misery was compounded when McGregor reacted angrily to a late challenge from Stuart O'Keefe and was shown a red card.