Hull City boss Bruce criticises referee Foy over 'clear-cut penalty'

The 52-year-old had no complaints over Swansea's equaliser, despite the ball hitting Chico Flores' hand, but is convinced his side should have won a spot-kick late on
Hull City manager Steve Bruce felt his side were denied a "clear-cut penalty" in their 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Monday night.

On-loan striker Danny Graham had given the visitors an early lead before Chico Flores netted a controversial leveller, with the ball flying off the Spaniard's hand and into the back of the net.

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While Bruce appreciated that Chico's effort was hard to spot, he was convinced his own side were wrongly denied a spot-kick when Dwight Tiendalli appeared to handle inside the box.

"I can understand that [the Chico goal] because nobody in the ground can spot that. I've got no grievances there," Bruce told Sky Sports.

But the 52-year-old was less diplomatic regarding Chris Foy's decision not to award his side a penalty: "He [Tiendalli] has practically caught the thing," Bruce added.

"That is a big call, a big decision. For me, that is a clear-cut penalty."

Bruce was, however, able to take comfort from Graham's opening goal, which he hopes will spark a productive run for the 28-year-old who had gone 30 games without netting prior to Monday's encounter.

"I'm pleased for him because all strikers go through a time in their career [where they don't score goals]," Bruce explained.

"The one thing you have to do then is keep work and keep persevering. Let's hope he can go on and get us a few more."