Hull 2 Huddersfield 0: Bruce keeps Tigers flying high with comfortable victory
00:23 GMT, 16 December 2012
Hull manager Steve Bruce is determined to get justice for his son Alex after his side’s win over Huddersfield ended in controversy.
The defender was sent off after the full-time whistle when he shoved Huddersfield striker Alan Lee in retaliation for an off-the-ball incident, and a melee ensued on the pitch and in the tunnel.
Bruce senior is determined the right person is punished, though, and took a DVD of the incident into the post-match press conference to show reporters footage of Lee aiming a forearm smash into the face of his son. ‘We are appealing his red, you can understand why,’
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Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 81), Evans (Cairney 63), Meyler, Koren (Faye 90), Quinn, Simpson.
Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Mclean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.
Booked: Quinn, Meyler.
Goals: Koren 8,Meyler 90.
Huddersfield: Smithies,Hunt,Peter Clarke,Gerrard,Lynch,Clayton,
Norwood (Lee 70),Southern,Ward (Atkinson 60), Novak (Beckford 60),Vaughan.
Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Hammill, Wallace.
Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).
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Bruce said. ‘I knew there must have been something in it for him to react like that. I thought it was cowardly by Alan Lee.
‘I thought more of him, I have had a pint of Guinness with him, I have played his guitar and I thought more of him.
‘Cheat is the right word for him. I
don’t use that lightly but that’s the right word for him. He’s
15-and-a-half stone and he went down like that.
‘That has ruined the day. We had the best referee in the country in Howard Webb and I have spoken to him.
'He will report it and hopefully there
is some justice. Alex is wrong with his retaliation, but he only pushes
him in the chest. He’s my son, but he takes after his mother.’
Before the incident, Hull had cruised
to a third straight win thanks to Robert Koren’s eighth-minute goal and
an injury-time second from David Meyler, though the win could have been
Bruce added: ‘It was an excellent
performance and we were the better team by a million miles. Our only
achilles heel is the conversion of chances we create.’
Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson
admitted Lee deserves punishing if found to have done something wrong.
He said: ‘I didn’t see what Alan has done, but if he has done something
he will probably get punished.
‘I don’t know what will happen, but he
deserves punishing if he’s shown to have done something. It was a
stupid way to end the game from both sets of players.’
The defeat represents a sixth game in a
row without a win for Huddersfield and they rarely looked like scoring,
despite having plenty of possession.
Grayson added: ‘It is disappointing
because we did a lot of work on trying to match Hull and the way they
played, and inside eight minutes we were a goal down to something that
we had worked to prevent.
‘We tried to change formation and get
something out of the game, but i t was disappointing that we didn’t
create too many opportunities and when you look back Hull goalkeeper
David Stockdale has not had too much to do.
‘It will take hard work to get out of this run. We will just have to work hard on the training pitch.’