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Bosses Gus Poyet and Steve Bruce clash during stalemate

Hull City 1 -1 Sunderland

By Staff Reporter

Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet were involved in a furious touchline exchange as relegation rivals Hull and Sunderland drew a bitter encounter 1-1.

Black Cats boss Poyet was sent to the stands in the first half after protesting a decision to book Jack Rodwell for diving but took a 10-yard detour to confront his opposite number.

The pair exchanged angry words and sarcastic gestures, leaving Bruce apoplectic and physically restrained by assistant referee Stuart Burt as he lunged toward the Uruguayan.

The incident was the biggest flashpoint on an ugly night at the KC Stadium, which also took in chants of support for suspended Sunderland winger Adam Johnson and a litany of nasty challenges.

Almost as soon as the game began a section of the Sunderland contingent struck up a chorus of "there's only one Adam Johnson".

The England international has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Wes Brown fouled Ahmed Elmohamady in the 13th minute and Hull scored from the free-kick.

Tom Huddlestone's delivery was low and Dame N'Doye dragged the ball off his instep with his back to goal and deftly flicked it in before the night's talking point.

Rodwell was racing towards goal when Alex Bruce raised a foot at the bouncing ball. Rodwell reached the edge of the box and promptly collapsed.

Mike Dean booked the midfielder for diving, driving Poyet to distraction. He was sent to the stands but sought the Hull boss.

Words were exchanged and a sarcastic round of applause was given by the Uruguayan. Something sent Bruce into a rage and he attempted to charge at Poyet before being restrained by Burt.

Sunderland levelled with 13 minutes to play, substitute Patrick van Aanholt's cross swirling over Allan McGregor and Rodwell finished from a less than a yard.

Hull City: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Robertson, N'Doye, Jelavic (Hernandez 73).

Goal: N'Doye 15 Subs not used: Figueroa, Davies, Harper, Aluko, Ramirez, Quinn.

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini (Van Aanholt 73), O'Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Cattermole (Alvarez 62), Rodwell, Bridcutt, Larsson, Graham (Wickham 74), Defoe.

Goal: Rodwell 77 Subs not used: Gomez, Coates, Mannone.

Man of the match: N'Doye (above)

Rating: 7/10 Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral)

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