But it was the volatile defender's savage kick on a grounded Dugarry that was on the mind of Bruce, who believes the World Cup-winning striker was lucky to walk away unscathed from the assault.
Bruce said: "It's an outrage for someone to kick out like that and I have never seen anything like that. It could have caused serious damage and it did hurt him badly.
"It was outrageous and for the life of me I cannot understand anybody viciously booting someone like that. It was uncalled for and I don't know what he has done to warrant that sort of vicious attack on him.
Meanwhile Blackburn boss Souness had nothing worthwhile or valid to say ..... just for a change.