Match ends, Hull City 1, Sunderland 1.
- Sunderland manager Poyet sent to stands
- Poyet involved in confrontation with Hull boss Bruce
- N'Doye scores third Hull goal in five games
- Rodwell leveller appears to strike hand
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was sent to the stands as his team came from behind to earn a draw at Hull City.
City boss Steve Bruce and Poyet had to be separated after a touchline argument as the Uruguayan left the pitch.
Dame N'Doye opened the scoring for Hull, back-heeling past Costel Pantilimon in the first half.
Jack Rodwell scored the equaliser, nodding in from a Patrick van Aanholt cross, with the ball also appearing to strike his hand.
The result leaves both sides still separated by a point, with Hull 15th and Sunderland 16th in the Premier League table.
The early signs suggested Sunderland would be the more likely to take home all three points, but Hull grew into the game and created the clearer chances.
However, neither side had the performance required to distance themselves from the relegation zone. Eighteenth-placed QPR are five points behind Hull, with two games in hand.
After his side had gone behind to N'Doye's opener, scored from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick, Sunderland manager Poyet reacted with frustration to referee Mike Dean's decision to punish Rodwell with a yellow card for simulation.
The Uruguayan was sent to the stands by Dean, but walked across to Bruce, who appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by an assistant referee and members of his coaching staff.
With Poyet in the stands, the Black Cats' second-half performance was much improved, and Rodwell steered home a deserved equaliser after the introduction of van Aanholt and Ricardo Alvarez changed the game.
With Hull goalkeeper McGregor beaten, Rodwell met Van Aanholt's cross with a headed effort that appeared to brush his own arm inches before crossing the line.
Rodwell then could have scored a winner, volleying over when well-placed, but a Sunderland win would have been harsh on Hull, who only lacked a finishing touch to their enterprising play.
- 15McShaneBooked at 41mins
- 27El Mohamady
- 26RobertsonBooked at 79mins
- 18JelavicSubstituted forHernándezat 73'minutes
- 27VerginiSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 73'minutes
- 5BrownBooked at 12mins
- 6CattermoleBooked at 60minsSubstituted forÁlvarezat 62'minutesBooked at 87mins
- 7LarssonBooked at 79mins
- 4BridcuttBooked at 46mins
- 8RodwellBooked at 36mins
- 19GrahamSubstituted forWickhamat 74'minutes
- 3van Aanholt
- 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
- Mike Dean
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Sunderland 1.
Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).
Offside, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.
Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland).
David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. David Meyler (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.
Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a cross.
Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland).
Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Álvarez.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Alex Bruce (Hull City) because of an injury.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.
Attempt saved. Dame N'Doye (Hull City) header from very close range is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.
Andrew Robertson (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.