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Barry challenge was 'horrific', blasts Bruce

The Hull City Tigers boss rued the officials' performance as his side suffered defeat for the first time in four games at the hands of Roberto Martinez's Everton at Goodison Park

Hull City Tigers manager Steve Bruce branded Gareth Barry’s tackle on Sone Aluko as "horrific" after Everton beat his side 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

City slipped to their first league defeat in four games against Roberto Martinez’s men, with strikes from Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar sealing the three points for the hosts.

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Yannick Sagbo had equalised midway through the first half but it was Everton who claimed victory, lifting them up to fifth in the Premier League table.

Bruce was left frustrated by the officials throughout the contest and did not hold back in his comments.

Upon reflection of Barry’s foul, he told reporters: "The challenge on Aluko is absolutely horrific. It is the stuff of horrors. They are the big decisions that cost you the game.

"It is over the top of the ball, just below his knee. He is lucky to get away with it."

The former Sunderland boss was also upset with another incident involving Barry: Everton’s opening goal.

He added: "He is standing a yard offside and has changed the course of the ball. The big decisions have gone against us, especially the goal.

"The linesman has got to flag. He has got to be interfering with play, of course he is because in my opinion he has touched it."

Meanwhile, Everton boss Martinez hailed the impact of super sub Pienaar.

He said: "His first touch was a reflection of what he is - someone who can give you that little bit of magic.

"The medical department have been great because to get Steven Pienaar ready means we have got another three points today."

Martinez was also full of praise for the professional attitude his side showed against a resilient Hull side.

"Hull tried to stop us playing and in those situations you have to be professional enough and clever enough to find a way to win."

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