Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v Hull City

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 2 - 2 Hull City

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Bruce: I would punish cheats

Hull manager Steve Bruce has rejected Sam Allardyce's claims that Robbie Brady dived to win the decisive penalty in Saturday's win over West Ham.

Last Updated: 29/09/13 at 15:08 Post Comment

Steve Bruce: Felt there was contact

Steve Bruce: Felt there was contact

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Allardyce's side were outplayed for the majority of the 1-0 defeat at the KC Stadium, but he focused on the performance of the referee rather than his own team.

The Hammers boss claimed Brady used "simulation" to "buy" a penalty, but Bruce defended the Irisman's integrity and insisted he would discipline any of his players should they be seen to dive.

"I'm not going to encourage anyone to cheat and neither is Sam," said Bruce. "Over the years we've built reputations of teams being honest and I'm not going to condone that.

"There was contact, how big or not I don't know. I'm not going to pull the wool over anyone's eyes, certainly if I caught any of my players trying to cheat - and that's what it is, let's not beat around the bush - I would punish them.

"But it looks to me as though there was contact."

Bruce's side now have three wins this term, leaving them well ahead of schedule in the fight to survive in the Barclays Premier League.

Record signing Tom Huddlestone has been a cornerstone of their eye-catching start to the season, gaining plenty of plaudits for the way he dictates play from a deep-lying midfield position.

The former Tottenham man, the Tigers' marquee summer signing, won the man-of-the-match honours against the Hammers and continues to repay Bruce's £5.25million outlay.

"Tom is our record signing and he carries it very well," he said. "He's a wonderful footballer who makes the game look so easy. He's never been a regular in a team for a long time and can only get better.

"He is relishing playing week in, week out, and perhaps being a big fish in a small pond.

"Week in, week out, people are purring at watching him play and I have never seen anyone who can kick it with both feet do it as well as he can. He makes the game look so easy."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham earn battling 2-1 win over Manchester City at Upton Park

West Ham put a severe dent in Manchester City's title aspirations after earning a deserved 2-1 win at Upton Park.

Premier League: QPR boss Harry Redknapp bears no grudge against Adel Taarabt

QPR manager Harry Redknapp insists he bears no grudge against Adel Taarabt following their public spat this week.

La Liga: Barcelona's Luis Suarez adamant biting days are behind him ahead of El Clasico return against Real Madrid

Barcelona's Luis Suarez is adamant his biting days are behind him as he returns from a four-month ban against Real Madrid.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property