Angry Clarke lashes out

WEST HAM assistant manager Steve Clarke has laid into Sunderland boss Steve Bruce after he described players like Hammers full back Herita Ilunga as pansies . Bruce was left smarting after Black Cats striker Kenwyne Jones was red-carded after pushing Il

WEST HAM assistant manager Steve Clarke has laid into Sunderland boss Steve Bruce after he described players like Hammers full back Herita Ilunga as 'pansies'.

Bruce was left smarting after Black Cats' striker Kenwyne Jones was red-carded after pushing Ilunga to the ground during Saturday's 2-2 draw, and he laid into the West Ham defender for going down too easily and feigning injury.

But at a press conference on Tuesday, Clarke was clearly angered by what Bruce had to say and that the story was still lingering three days after the incident.

"First of all I think it was wrong of Steve Bruce to comment on our team's players," he said. "We have a manager who doesn't talk about the opposition players, so I think that was wrong.


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"He said what he said, and I find it incredible that the person that was the victim is the one everyone is talking about - tell me what he did wrong?"

Bruce slammed both Ilunga and the West Ham medical staff for making too much of the incident, and also claimed that the player was pushed in the chest and not the face, but Clarke disputed that view.

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"Someone has pushed him in the face. He has just recently recovered from a triple-fracture of the jaw and maybe he thought there was a punch coming - I find it incredible," he said.

"Kenwyne Jones is a big boy, so Ilunga has to protect himself."

His gander up, Clarke then chose to let rip concerning one of Bruce's players.

"What I also find incredible is that the Sunderland captain wasn't sent off," he slammed. "He (Lorik Cana) was booked for a terrible tackle on Mark Noble - he kicked him in the back.

"He was warned for a lunge on Noble three or four minutes later, and he then did a two-footed tackle on Guillermo Franco in the centre circle, where the referee knew he couldn't give a free kick because he would have had to send him off.

"Then after that he persistently fouled, there was another two-footed lunge in the second half.

"It is easy to speak about other teams and other team's players. I don't agree with it, but if people are going to have a go at our players, I'm going to have a go back."

Premier League managers - you have been warned!

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