Southampton boss Harry Redknapp could not understand why so many players had to get involved in a mass brawl which ended up having a major impact on his side's 1-1 draw with Hull City last night.
Nicky Barmby had pounced to equalise on the stroke of half-time after Kamil Kosowski had given the Saints a deserved early lead. But moments after the restart from Barmby's goal, Curtis Woodhouse and Matt Oakley started pushing each other and a 19-man brawl ensued, resulting in the sending-off of influential Saints skipper Nigel Quashie after the midfielder had raised his arm to Woodhouse.
Redknapp said: "I thought the two of them started pushing each other like a pair of tarts. Then everyone started running in like it was a big punch-up. What do they have to go running in for? It's two idiots pushing each other."
Redknapp's opposite number, Peter Taylor, felt the dismissal was fully justified, admitting: "He [Quashie] knew what he had done and to be fair to him he has come up and apologised to Curtis [Woodhouse] after the game. To be fair, he should've just stayed away. They missed Quashie after the break but it was still very difficult against 10 men."
Hull: Myhill, France, Cort, Collins, Delaney, Green, Welsh, Woodhouse, Burgess (Barmby), Paynter, Brown. Substitutes (not used): Duke, Elliott, Fagan, Lynch.
Southampton: Niemi, Delap, Powell, Svensson, Higginbotham, Kosowski, Oakley, Quashie, Belmadi, Ormerod, Walcott. Substitutes (not used): Smith, McCann, Fuller, Jones, Hajto.
Referee: P Walton (Northamptonshire).Reuse content