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Bruce unhappy with Attwell display
Published : 25 Sep 2010 19:30:21
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce tempered his criticism of referee Stuart Attwell after he awarded a "crazy" goal to Liverpool in the 2-2 draw at Anfield.Attwell, who awarded the infamous "ghost goal" in the Watford v Reading Championship match two years ago, allowed Dirk Kuyt's opening strike to count after ruling Michael Turner had taken a free-kick when he appeared to roll it back to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Fernando Torres nipped in.Darren Bent hit back with a penalty and a header either side of half-time before Gerrard nodded in Torres' near-post cross to salvage a point but the official's performance was a major talking point."I've been in enough trouble so I don't want to talk about it but you all witnessed it and he got it wrong," said Bruce."The free-kick was 25 yards from where the incident was and I think everyone in the ground realised that too. He has put his whistle to his mouth three times and if he is in doubt he should have given the free-kick to be taken in the right position."Maybe in the past a Liverpool team would have come back and said it was unfair and unsportsmanlike - I doubt it though. We are going to talk about this crazy goal and not the performance of the team, which was terrific."