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Hull City 1-1 Sunderland

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
Sunderland manger Gus Poyet was sent off, before becoming involved in a confrontation with Hull boss Steve Bruce
  • 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.

Bruce 'baffled' by Poyet reaction

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.

Poyet plays down touchline antics

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.

Steve Bruce
Bruce appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by an assistant referee and coaching staff
Steve Bruce
Sunderland's Gus Poyet was sent off after kicking a bucket full of water bottles
Jack Rodwell
Rodwell met van Aanholt's cross with a headed effort, with Allan McGregor beaten
Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell
Rodwell's headed equaliser appeared to strike his hand on the way in
Dame N'Doye
Dame N'Doye steered the ball past Sunderland's Costil Pantilimon with a back-heel



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McGregor
  • 21Dawson
  • 4Bruce
  • 15McShaneBooked at 41mins
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 7Meyler
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 79mins
  • 28N'Doye
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forHernándezat 73'minutes


  • 3Figueroa
  • 6Davies
  • 9Hernández
  • 22Harper
  • 24Aluko
  • 25Ramírez
  • 29Quinn


Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27VerginiSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 73'minutes
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5BrownBooked at 12mins
  • 15Réveillere
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 60minsSubstituted forÁlvarezat 62'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7LarssonBooked at 79mins
  • 4BridcuttBooked at 46mins
  • 8RodwellBooked at 36mins
  • 28Defoe
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forWickhamat 74'minutes


  • 3van Aanholt
  • 9Fletcher
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 20Álvarez
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
Mike Dean

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 1, Sunderland 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Sunderland 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

  4. Post update

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

    David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  12. Booking

    Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland).

  14. Post update

    Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Álvarez.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Alex Bruce (Hull City) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Booking

    Andrew Robertson (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

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4Man Utd27148546262050
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