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Bruce and Poyet play down their row
04 Mar 2015 09:09
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet both attempted to downplay their touchline spat after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw between Hull and Sunderland.
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The rival managers clashed after Poyet was sent to the stands in the first half for reacting to Jack Rodwell's caution for diving by angrily kicking a container of water bottles.
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The Uruguayan made a beeline for Bruce before making his way and - after an angry exchange of words and gestures - the Tigers boss lunged towards Poyet before being restrained by assistant referee Stuart Burt.
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Neither man covered themselves in glory in the heated incident, but tempers had cooled somewhat by full-time.
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Bruce admitted behaving like a "raging idiot" for his part, while Poyet declared himself "old fashioned" and preferred to leave the matter on the pitch.
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The pair shook hands in a KC Stadium corridor after seeing goals from Dame N'Doye and Rodwell cancel each other out, but there was plenty of simmering resentment beneath the surface.
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"We all do stupid things and we will wake up to stupid headlines. We'll both regret it in the morning, but we get on with our lives," said Bruce.
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"These things happen in the heat of the moment, grown men acting like a couple of children.
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"What he said will stay between me and him...it's up to Gus to reveal what he said but I don't think he will.
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"It wasn't very pleasant, like 'have a nice evening Steve'. But I'm not going to reveal it to sell your newspapers.
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"The critical thing was that Gus has seen it differently about Jack Rodwell diving to gain advantage. The referee got it right, but I think by his reaction Gus saw it the other way."
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