Hull City 1 Sunderland 0 match report: Two off as Gus Poyet revival crashes after one game

Both Cattermole and Dossena were sent off in first-half injury time

KC Stadium

A week on from the hope and euphoria of winning the Tyne-Wear derby, Sunderland’s season reverted to the more familiar dismay of defeat. This was their eighth of the season and none has been more spectacularly self-inflicted.

Behind to a Carlos Cuellar own goal, they made life almost impossible for themselves by having two players sent off in first-half stoppage time as Lee Cattermole (below) and Andrea Dossena suffered the consequence of reckless indiscipline.

Cattermole – no stranger to red cards –was dismissed for a wild challenge on one-time Sunderland team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady, to be followed down the tunnel four and a half minutes later by Dossena after the Italian stamped on David Meyler, another former Black Cat.

Both forced referee Andre Marriner to reach for his back pocket during seven minutes added for a head injury suffered by Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who had to be replaced in goal by Vito Mannone after an accidental collision with Paul McShane.

It left Sunderland with a disadvantage they were always at long odds to overcome, and although they drew some consolation from keeping a second-half clean sheet with only nine men, that said as much about Hull’s shortcomings in front of goal. To their frustration, they might have snatched a point had Hull’s former Newcastle keeper, Steve Harper, not made a brave, point-blank save from Adam Johnson with 12 minutes left.

Thus former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was able to enjoy a moment of personal satisfaction against the club who sacked him two years ago this month as Hull maintained their unbeaten home record.

Cattermole’s red card was the eighth of his career and seventh in the Premier League. Only Richard Dunne, Patrick Vieira and Duncan Ferguson have been sent off more times in the top flight. Five of the midfielder’s dismissals were under Bruce’s management – at Wigan as well as Sunderland.

“I’ve looked at both challenges and I think the referee got them both right,” Bruce said. “The first one, if you leave the floor with your studs showing you know what is coming. The second one, believe me, is a horror challenge. Everyone knows what I think of Lee Cattermole as player but the one thing he still has to curb is when the red mist comes over him. Thankfully he is not my player to manage now.”

New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was less convinced that Marriner took the right action both times, agreeing with the Dossena decision but suggesting that Cattermole’s reputation may have gone before him.

“Every time he makes a tackle and does not get the ball, does that mean he gets sent off?” asked Poyet. “Maybe we should change the rules and play with puppies because if you are taking away everything, every challenge.

The deciding goal came midway through the first half when Cuellar managed to prevent a Liam Rosenior cross reaching Yannick Sagbo but in doing so glanced the ball into his own net. Westwood was hurt as he and McShane went for a 50-50 ball, prompting Poyet to ask why McShane was not punished. “I’m not accusing McShane of anything but he went for the ball and missed it and almost took Westwood’s head off,” he said.

Hull (4-1-4-1): Harper; Rosenior (Proschwitz, 69), Davies, McShane, Figueroa; Huddlestone;  Elmohamady, Meyler (Koren, 56), Livermore, Boyd (Brady, 75); Sagbo.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Westwood (Mannone, h-t); Bardsley, Cuellar, O’Shea, Dossena; Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Borini (Brown, h-t); Fletcher, Altidore (Johnson, h-t).

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Man of the match: Livermore (Hull)

Match rating: 5/10

Suggested Topics
News
Jennifer Lawrence was among the stars allegedly hacked
peopleActress and 100 others on 'master list' after massive hack
Sport
Radamel Falcao
footballManchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao
Sport
Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
footballFalcao, Hernandez, Welbeck and every deal live as it happens
Sport
footballFeaturing Bart Simpson
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Voices
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
voicesIt's cowardice to pretend this is anything other than an invasion
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor