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Kingston Communications Stadium (ATT 15,001) 2nd October 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Taylor

Hull City Hull City vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

Brown blasts referee

Tigers boss fuming after Charlton defeat

Last Updated: 02/10/07 11:47pm

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Ashbee: Red card

Ashbee: Red card

Hull manager Phil Brown accused referee Anthony Taylor of bowing to Charlton pressure after his side lost 2-1 at the KC Stadium.

All hell broke loose moments after Luke Varney cashed in on Boaz Myhill's blunder after 41 minutes.

Hull captain Ian Ashbee and Charlton forward Lloyd Sam were sent off following a collision which triggered an 18-man brawl.

Brown said: "There's been an injustice served in more ways than one and without getting myself into trouble, we didn't deserve to lose the game.

"He (Taylor) was quite decisive with the first red card (for Sam) and was taking the name of Ian Ashbee for a yellow card.

"He was then approached by two Charlton players that changed his mind to a red card. If he felt it was a yellow card he should have given him a yellow card."

Opposite number Alan Pardew insisted that was not the case and was also aggrieved with Sam's dismissal.

"I've got a bit of a problem with it," he said. "Ashbee made a late tackle, kicked him twice and grabbed him round the throat.

"I don't know what Lloyd's done to be honest. Since I've seen it, I will be appealing against it."

Consolation

Pardew was still happy with the night's work as Charlton moved up to second in the Coca-Cola Championship courtesy of Varney and Chris Iwelumo's late goal.

Substitute Steve McPhee's consolation set up a tense finale but Charlton showed real professionalism, which bodes well in their efforts to make an instant return to the Premier League.

Pardew added: "The sending off changed the game slightly. We nicked a goal in all honesty and everyone got a bit fractious.

"That incident perhaps affected them more than us. They tried to knock us out of our stride and they did that to some degree.

"We've now had two tough away trips and did look a bit tired. But technically, there's no doubt about us being good enough."

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