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After touchline spat and water bucket destruction, Bruce and Poyet both bring humor


Hull City’s English manager Steve Bruce (2nd L) is held back as Sunderland’s Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet (R) is sent to the stands during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Sunderland at the KC Stadium in Kingston upon Hull, north east England on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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Steve Bruce provided a world-class set of quips when asked about his dustup with opposing manager Gus Poyet in Hull City’s 1-1 home draw with Sunderland on Tuesday.

And just like in the game, Poyet put up a good fight in the “best quote” battle.

[ MATCH RECAP: Hull City 1-1 Sunderland ]

The pair of managers had to be separated on the touchline after Poyet angrily approached Bruce, who had been loudly criticizing a dive from Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell. On his way back to his box, Poyet kicked over a water bucket.

From Bruce:

“The big contentious issue is Jack Rodwell running through and then from where I was standing he dived and the referee called it right. From Gus’s reaction he thought it was wrong. You have to ask him why he came over to myself. I don’t know what I was supposed to have done.

“These things happen in the heat of the moment. Grown men acting like a couple of children. They happen in big games. I don’t mind being accused. I suppose I’m not flavour of the month. Let’s go and have a glass of red.”

Poyet said, “I’m going to have to convince officials to remove any buckets or bottles away from me. I think it’s better to kick a bucket than to say something that you will regret after.”

Watch Poyet’s full thoughts here:

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