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Friday 20 April 2018

Poyet fumes at McShane tackle

Sunderland's Keiren Westwood has to be substituted during the Premier League match between Hull City and Sunderland. Picture credit: Tim Keeton/Getty Images
Sunderland's Keiren Westwood has to be substituted during the Premier League match between Hull City and Sunderland. Picture credit: Tim Keeton/Getty Images

IRELAND'S players were in the wars in Saturday's controversial Premier League clash between Sunderland and Hull City, with Black Cats boss Gus Poyet claiming that a challenge by Paul McShane "could have killed" his Ireland team-mate Keiren Westwood.

Hull finished 1-0 winners in a bad-tempered affair which saw Westwood substituted due to injury in the first half and two Sunderland players sent off.

"I would love the ref to talk. If I was a pundit working today – and I was during the summer when I was out of work – I would ask the technical people to show the tackle on Westwood that nearly cut his head off, the one on Adam Johnson (by Robbie Brady) and the one from Lee Cattermole and let the pundits comment on them," said Poyet, who had to replace Westwood after 42 minutes.

"They need to comment on all the tackles. I'm not accusing McShane at all; I think he played the ball and he was late, but he nearly killed him and he is injured and he is out and I need to change my goalkeeper."

But Hull boss Steve Bruce was also upset by the physical play of the Black Cats, insisting that the referee was correct in his decision to send off Andrea Dossena.

"The second one (by Dossena) is a horror challenge, let me tell you," Bruce said. "It was on David Meyler, who has had two serious injuries in his career, and he was lucky because those are the ones that really damage footballers. I don't know if you can get three red cards, but he deserved them."

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