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Martinez defends Barry

Last Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:01

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."

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