Featured Matches
Previous
Brazil
Netherlands
ESPN, ESPN3 Jul 12, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
Match 63
Game Details
Germany
Argentina
ABC, ESPN3 Jul 13, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
Match 64
Game Details
PFC Litex Lovech
FC Veris
3
0
FT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 3 - 0
Game Details
Aalesund
Molde
0
1
FT
Game Details
Athlone Town FC
Limerick FC
3
0
FT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
Cork
0
1
FT
Game Details
Bohemians
St Patricks
1
1
FT
Game Details
San Jose
DC United
3:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Inti Gas Deportes
0
1
FT
Game Details
Melgar
León de Huánuco
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
Mushuc Runa
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Boston Breakers
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb, 23, 2008

Bruce defends under-fire Taylor

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has launched a vigorous defence of Martin Taylor following Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's vehement attack on the Birmingham City defender.

Taylor was given a red card in the third minute of his side's 2-2 draw with the Gunners at St Andrews for a challenge that has left Eduardo da Silva with a suspected broken fibula and shin.

Wenger severely slated Taylor after the game, claiming he 'should never play football again'.

But Bruce, who signed Taylor from Blackburn in February 2004 in his time as Blues boss, said: 'I was watching it and you are very saddened.

'But let me tell you Martin Taylor is the biggest, gentlest man. There will be nobody more upset and sickened than him.

'He is an absolute model professional who would never cause you any problem.

'With 'Big Tiny' I worked with him for a few years, and there is not a bad bone in his body.

'He would never, ever do anything malicious. He has mis-timed the tackle, and I've seen it. Some would say it is not even a yellow card.'

Speaking after Wigan's 2-0 victory over Derby at the JJB Stadium, Bruce added: 'Of course, when things like that happen in a match, all your thoughts are with the boy.

'Eduardo is a fantastic player, and we wish him well.'

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.