Hull City boss Steve Bruce apologises following his 'idiotic' dismissal at Leicester
HULL City boss Steve Bruce was forced to deliver an immediate apology after a miserable 3-1 defeat to Leicester City ended with his 'idiotic' dismissal.
The Tigers' three-game winning sequence came to a grinding halt yesterday as former manager Nigel Pearson led his Leicester side to all three points.
Although Jay Simpson offered City hope with a first-half equaliser, a David Nugent hat-trick condemned the visitors to their first loss in five games.
To cap an instantly forgettable trip to the East Midlands, Bruce was sent to the stands eight minutes from time for vehemently contesting a decision in front of his technical area.
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Bruce was quick to issue an apology to referee Eddie Ilderton and his assistants but he must now await the official's report to the FA to discover if he is to face further punishment.
"I've been in to see the referee and sometimes you do stupid things," said Bruce.
"I've apologised. I contested a decision which went against us but I still shouldn't go on like some lunatic in the way I did.
"The ball wasn't out but that shouldn't excuse me going on like an idiot.
"Sometimes you do things where you go home and think 'What the hell was I doing?' and think what an idiot you've made of yourself."
After victories over Bolton, Millwall and Leeds, the Tigers fell well short of their previous high standards as they missed out on the chance to climb up to second in the Championship.
Nugent's opener was cancelled out by Simpson's fourth goal of the season midway through the first half, but Leicester regained the lead three minutes before the break.
A Nugent header earned Leicester a second advantage they rarely looked like surrendering, before the former England forward killed off the Tigers with a stoppage-time third.
"We didn't deserve anything from the game," said Bruce. "I have to say that Leicester were worthy winners.
"We hung in there, which we had to do, but they fully deserved the win. We were nowhere near the levels we've hit in recent weeks.
"Too many of our big players didn't perform to the levels where they've been at in the last few weeks, simple as that.
"We've had a bad day, which happens, but then you're required to do the basics better.
"I don't think we defended well enough, I don't think we got after the ball well enough, and I don't think we did enough to put Leicester out of their stride. We got what we deserved, which was nothing."
Leicester's attempts to exploit City in wide areas reaped rich rewards and ensured the Tigers shipped three goals in the Championship for the first time since November last year.
Bruce added: "You can analyse all you like but we weren't good enough.
"When it's not going for you, sometimes you have to be more resilient. We have to work on that.
"We didn't get hold of the ball often enough. They were better on the day and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and learn from it."