Hull boss Bruce left frustrated by another narrow Spurs defeat

Hull City boss Steve Bruce was left frustrated by not only their Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham last night.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce was left frustrated by not only their Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham last night.

Bruce's misery was compounded by the news that he has been charged by the Football Association for his post-match criticism of referee Michael Oliver, who awarded Spurs an 80th-minute spot-kick for a handball by Elmohamady.

Bruce said on Sunday after the penalty call: "It was a joke decision.

"I have to ask the question, would we have got it? In my opinion, he (Oliver) couldn't wait to give it.''

The former Manchester United centre-back feels the charge is unjust, especially as he says referees chief Mike Riley contacted him on Monday morning, admitting that Oliver had messed up.

"I've been charged," Bruce said. "Mike Riley rang me on Monday morning telling me they've made a huge mistake. What am I supposed to say?

"I thought the referee today was tremendous. We like to see what we've witnessed today and let's not lose that. What is the law and what is it supposed to be? I'll argue my case.

"It will cost me a few quid, but I'll do it."

Bruce claims Hull games are not officiated by the most high-profile referees.

"We don't get the big referees. Are we not as important as the big clubs?" he said. "Although I suppose Michael Oliver is supposed to be one of the top referees but I can't seem to remember Howard Webb coming to Hull very often.

"We've had a bad decision and a bad couple of days but we'll see what the FA say."

 
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