Hull City 1 Tottenham 2
Hull boss Steve Bruce was unhappy over Gaston Ramirez’s red card after losing to Tottenham, blaming Jan Vertonghen for an over-reaction and the officials for a lack of commonsense.
The Tigers were 1-0 up after Jake Livermore scored against his former club but lost all momentum when Ramirez lashed out at Vertonghen, leaving the hosts to play 40 minutes with 10 men.
Harry Kane levelled just after the hour mark before Christian Eriksen sealed victory with a 90th-minute effort.
Ramirez might look at his own error in judgment on a miserable full debut for the club, but Bruce instead chose to focus on perceived shortcomings elsewhere.
Vertonghen, who had not even been involved in the initial tussle that sent Ramirez to the floor, appeared to be an innocent party but Bruce disagreed.
“We talk about diving and allegedly cheating... Vertonghen’s a big strapping, 6ft 2in or 6ft 3in centre-back and he’s rolling around as if he’s been poleaxed and that can’t be healthy for the Premier League,” said Bruce.
“There’s no doubt about it, Ramirez has shown what I would call petulance. Vertonghen has a little go at him which is there for everyone to see, provokes him, and he flicks out at him.
“The letter of the law says it’s got to be violent conduct. But he has tapped him on the backside. If that really, really takes him to the ground I can’t really understand that.”
Bruce also felt let down by the verdict of referee Craig Pawson and assistant Peter Kirkup.
“For me, the whole spectacle and the result was ruined because of that incident. The linesman should have a bit more about him.”
Pochettino, whose side might easily have been three behind at the interval, denied the sending off had determined the result.
“I think it did not have a big impact,” he said.
“In the second half our attacking game was better than Hull’s. I’m sure in the end it would have been the same result.”
HULL: McGregor, Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Huddlestone (Rosenior 64), Livermore, Ben Arfa (Meyler 57), Ramirez, Brady (Quinn 87), Jelavic.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Dier (Chiriches 46), Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele (Lennon 59), Mason, Lamela, Kane, Eriksen, Soldado (Paulinho 79).
Referee: Craig Pawson.
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