Sunderland’s coach Gus Poyet deliberately, or not, stumbled upon the water bucket on the sidelines while throwing a fit of tantrum in protest of the referee’s decision during a one-all draw with Hull City.
Despite earning himself a matching orders from the ref and watching his team trail the home side by a lone goal, Poyet had the last laugh in the 77th minute when Rodwell headed in an equaliser that left Sunderland four points above the relegation zone, a point below Hull.
Sunderland’s preparations for the game had been clouded by the arrest and subsequent release on bail of winger Adam Johnson over allegations he engaged in sexual activity with an under-age girl.
The England international was not in the visitors’ squad, having been suspended by Sunderland pending the outcome of the police investigation, but the visitors were able to call upon centre-back Wes Brown after his red card in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United was rescinded.
Kicked the water bucket, sent to the stands for the rest of the game, had a ‘childish’(in his own language) fallout with Hull City’s Steve Bruce; Gus Poyet lives to fight (today and other days) for his side’s survival in the EPL.