Saturday 16 November 2019

Bruce anger over Meyler red card


Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates after scoring his second goal against Hull City
Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates after scoring his second goal against Hull City
Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson takes on David Meyler of Hull City
Hull City's Abel Hernandez is closed down by Jack Cork of Swansea City
Hull City's Paul McShane is challenged by Jack Cork of Swansea City


Steve Bruce felt two controversial decisions cost his Hull side the chance of easing their relegation worries at Swansea.

Hull remain three points above the Premier League drop zone after losing at the Liberty Stadium, but Bruce was upset with the nature of Swansea's second goal from Bafetimbi Gomis and the 53rd-minute red card shown to Tigers midfielder David Meyler.

"We were nowhere near good enough in the first half but two big decisions have gone against us," Bruce said. "Gomis' goal is a fantastic piece of individual skill but he is five yards offside.

"When the ball comes back into the box we've had a collision between two of our players because they are worried about Gomis' whereabouts."

Gomis' acrobatic scissors-kick gave Swansea a 2-0 cushion close to half-time but Paul McShane pulled one back five minutes after the break and Bruce felt his side could get something from the game.

But Ireland midfielder Meyler was sent off three minutes later for clattering into Swansea full-back Kyle Naughton, who took no further part in the game and was later sent to hospital for X-rays on his damaged ankle.

"We hope it's not a serious injury and Naughton is the only negative on the day," said Swansea manager Gary Monk.

"It was a genuine 50-50 ball for both players to have and my initial reaction was that it was bad challenge. I don't think there was any malice but you always run that risk when your foot goes over the ball."

Swansea's win took them to within a point of their best Premier League points total of 47 with seven games of the season remaining and Monk said beating that mark continues to drive his players on.

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