The truth behind Hull boss Steve Bruce's criticism of Tottenham's Vertonghen?

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Did Steve Bruce criticise Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen to deflect criticism from his own side and himself?

Hull boss Steve Bruce was quick to criticise Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen for his role in Gaston Ramirez's red card. 

He stated after the game that the Belgian reacted as if he had been 'pole-axed', and influenced the referee after the Uruguayan had a little kick out at him.

Bruce's comments have predictably attracted a number of headlines relating to the 2-1 loss, so was Bruce being shrewd in calling out the Tottenham defender.

Hull as a result of the defeat, sit in 16th place, only one point above the relegation zone. Compared to this point last season, the club have gone backwards.

Hull City 2013-2014 4 2 6 14
Hull City 2014-2015 2 5 5 11

Just two wins from 12 games is a poor rate by anybody's standards, especially a club which entered the season with high hopes, on the back of an impressive run to the FA Cup Final.

Hull even spent £22.5 million net this summer, accounting sales and purchases, and yet there is a real lack of progress to show for it.

Steve Bruce's name has remained clear of the likes of criticism suffered by Newcastle's Alan Pardew and is not being tipped for the sack by the media, but he might be worried.

Three seasons ago he was axed by Sunderland in similar circumstances, after a big summer spend when he failed to meet increased expectations.

Criticising Jan Vertonghen was an easy way of deflecting the attention away from his side's slump, which has every chance of getting worse when they travel to Old Trafford this weekend.

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