Thursday 14 December 2017

King says he will put off his Ibrox coronation

IRELAND international Paul McShane (below) has been attacked by Sunderland boss Gus Poyet as the fall-out from Tuesday's controversial Sunderland-Hull City tie goes on.

Managers Poyet and Steve Bruce made headlines when they squared up on the touchline during the game, and the FA confirmed this morning that Poyet has been charged with "improper conduct" while Bruce "has been contacted by The FA in relation to the same incident and formally reminded of his responsibilities".

And now Poyet has had his say on the display by Wicklow lad McShane in the game, a 1-1 draw.

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell was booked for simulation during the game, an incident which caused the row between Bruce and Poyet, but Poyet was upset that McShane was not punished for what he saw as a similar offence.

"I was not happy with the decision of McShane," Poyet said. "He was diving like he was in a theatre, dancing, ballet and then he got a free-kick for Hull.

"And then Jack was diving and got a yellow card and free-kick against him. So give me one, you cannot get both against you. McShane, in the first half, jumped with both feet and went down like he had been shot, but he won a free-kick. I was just asking for the same treatment, simple as that."

Sunderland captain John O'Shea feels his side can cope in their relegation battle. "If you're going to survive in the Premier League it's going to be a bit tense," he said.

"We took a point from Hull, and okay, we wanted three, but under the circumstances it was a decent result for us. You are where you are in the league, and you find yourself where you deserve to be.

"It was one of those games where we battled back well and on another night we could have nicked it. We were definitely in the ascendancy, and finished the stronger team."

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