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Livid Bruce fumes at referee
08 Nov 2009 - 11:30:40
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was left to rue what might have been following a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Goals from Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone gave Spurs the points, with the game hinging on an incident which saw home keeper Heurelho Gomes bring down former team-mate Darren Bent.
The Brazilian was only cautioned for his misdemeanour and got up to save the resulting spot-kick from Bent.
Afterwards Bruce fumed: "For me the goalkeeper's denied him a goalscoring opportunity, so I can't go along with the referee's explanation to me which was he was going away from goal. That's a load of nonsense.
"I think he's taken the ball around him. If you look at where the ball goes, it doesn't even go out of play, so Bent for me gets on the end of it and yes there might be somebody on the line, but I would fancy him to score when he goes round the keeper in that situation.
"Now it might have been a different result, the reserve goalkeeper might have come on and saved it, but we would have been playing against ten men with half an hour to go, so that would have given us a huge advantage.
"I have to question if that had been the Stadium of Light we might have got a different decision."