McShane dive got me riled – Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

GUS POYET opted to keep his counsel over his ugly touchline spat with Steve Bruce, but insisted he had made peace with the Hull boss.

Poyet was sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the first of Sunderland’s 1-1 draw at Hull last night after kicking a water-bottle carrier in frustration at Jack Rodwell being booked for diving.

But what followed was more eye-catching after Poyet walked over to ex-Sunderland boss Bruce in the opposite dug-out, made some remarks and sarcastically applauded.

Bruce was infuriated and had to be restrained by the linesman in response.

However, both managers opted against making the conversation public after the game, with Poyet claiming he had made up with Bruce and was taking up his offer of a post-match drink.

Poyet said: “I’m old fashioned.

I’m old fashioned. What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.

Gus Poyet

“What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.

“I will take it. It’s football, it’s passion. I just shook hands afterwards. I didn’t see him before because I was not allowed.

“Kicking a bucket of water bottles is nothing serious. But I understand it didn’t look good when 20 bottles are coming out.”

Dean looked to have made the correct decision in booking Rodwell, when the fit-again midfielder went to ground too easily on the edge of the box after knocking it past Hull centre-half Alex Bruce.

But Poyet says his frustration stemmed from Hull defender Paul McShane not receiving a similar punishment moments earlier.

Poyet added: “I was not happy with the decision on McShane, diving like he was in a theatre, dancing ballet and getting a free-kick for Hull.

“And then Jack diving and getting a yellow card against.

“Have a look on TV. McShane in the first half, going down like he’d been shot and getting a free-kick. I was just asking for the same treatment.”