Filed: Saturday, 10th April 2010
By: Gordon Thrower
Steve Bruce was not a happy bunny post match...
Refereeing decisions? I think I paid my fine last month. The tulips and daffodils are out and I don't really want to go back there to give them any more. (sigh) some of the refereeing decisions were, well....
The disallowed goal at the end? What was that all about? We wanted to take the free-kick. I asked the ref and he told me that it would be "unsporting". Jesus! I thought it was "unsporting not to let us take the free-kick. They still had six players on the pitch. There's two minutes to play. If he blows the whistle and lets us take the free-kick they'll soon get back - or they'll try! He didn't add any time on for that either - and they were celebrating for three minutes! Jesus! But, there you go.
Who designs Darren Bent's boots? To be fair the pitches look magnificent but they are rock hard. They water them and water them . Do they use the Desso system here? That's half plastic so it's rock hard. If he hadn't slipped he'd have scored.
Our attitude? The integrity was there. We're chasing 10th which is a big incentive for us. We don't want to give that up. It was a bad goal to give away though. We spoke about it at half time - I thought their only threat was from players running on to Carlton Cole flick-ons. So to give away a goal like that was poor.
A penalty second half? I don't want to be going there. I don't want to be looking for excuses. You can all write it but I ain't going there because some of the stuff that he came up with was total dross. His performance was poor and the end summed it up.
I thought we looked comfortable first half then given away a poor goal. Catts has missed one by a whisker and if Benty stays on his feet that's a goal. It wasn't our day but, to be honest, we have a lot of those days away from home. We've had matches where we've done enough to come away with more than a point but got nothing. It's something we have to eradicate.
Craig Gordon? Well he comes out to the edge of the box and tries to grab it and it's outside so fair enough. It's a genuine mistake. I'll need to check but I think he's been booked for not letting them take a quick free-kick. Is that ironic, ridiculous or what. He's just gonna let them take the free-kick with the goalkeeper out of the road and it's a goal?
Was Gordon lucky to stay on? It's not a red card is it? The challenge on Cole. He's blown up for the foul by Cole straight away. I've just seen it - I checked before I came out to see you guys! He gave it straight away. He got one right. One.
Malbranque?I thought he was terrific. I just thought he had run out of juice. We needed fresh legs and at the end we had every type of player out there trying to score a goal. We should have got something out of the game - but the integrity was there for all to see. We had a great attitude - that's the Premier League - but we got nothing out of the game.
West Ham? Well they have Liverpool & Fulham away but having a four point gap at this stage of the season is huge. That was an incredible result Burnley at Hull. We have both of them next. Hmmm!
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by Mark Cleminson
09:20PM 12th Apr 2010
''I think Bruce learned to moan from Sir Alex. He did him proud!''
09:24AM 11th Apr 2010
''I didn't see the interview but I did see the game and I have no idea what the odious Steve Bruce had to moan about. It was a hard game between two evenly matched average football teams. And that's about it. West Ham won because they wanted it more but it could quite easily have gone the other way.
Gordon was right to be booked for handball outside the area, the referee got it right when Cole and Gordon tangled but it could so easily have been given the other way. The decision to disallow the second goal was harsh, but probably correct.
At one point Bruce was going mental because a player was injured but the ref allowed play to continue so the player got up and started running around! The pitch - Darren Bent was the only player on both sides to slip and probably would have scored. Nothing wrong with our pitch mate, try blaming something else. Bent is a professional footballer who plays on these pitches every week.''