Last Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:43
Roberto Martinez has defended the tackles put in by midfielder Gareth Barry against Hull after he was criticised by Steve Bruce.
Barry was maybe fortunate to get away without a yellow card in his first mistimed challenge against Danny Graham and the second one on Sone Aluko could have been a red, and should have been according to Bruce, who called it "horrific".
Martinez did not see it that way though, and believes the conditions - it was pouring with rain throughout the game - contributed to the challenges.
He said: "I think there were a few challenges due to the conditions - the rain made the pitch quicker and faster - and I thought the referee understood.
"I think Gareth gets the ball and then it slips away and I thought the decision to give a yellow card was right considering that was the level given to other challenges in the game."
Have you an opinion on this story? Put your money where your mouth is and claim a free £25 bet.