Sunderland boss careful to avoid FA fine with Marriner criticism

Stephen Fletcher is cautioned against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID

Stephen Fletcher is cautioned against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID

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GUS POYET vowed to keep his hand in his pocket after seeing referee Andre Marriner again overshadow proceedings for Sunderland.

Marriner has had a history of dubious decisions against the Black Cats; stretching back to 2009 when he sent off defender Michael Turner at Manchester City.

And there was further controversy from Marriner in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Hull City after his failure to spot two penalty box handballs within a matter of seconds from Tigers duo Stephen Quinn and Alex Bruce on the stroke of half-time.

Poyet’s men didn’t recover mentally from those decisions, as Steve Bruce’s Hull dominated the second half to record their first win since October.

But while Sunderland head coach Poyet was evidently incensed by Marriner’s display, he chose his words carefully to avoid any subsequent FA fine.

“I have a great life and I am not going to give the FA one penny for talking about the referee,” said Poyet.

“He doesn’t even need to have my respect, unfortunately.

“I’m not going to say anything about him, so he doesn’t take anything from me or from this club. He needs to look after himself.

“Until the penalty incidents, it was a normal game. They were playing a different shape and we were adapting.”

It wasn’t just the penalty appeals which angered Poyet.

Jordi Gomez was debatably penalised for a high boot early in the second half, with Hull scoring from the second of two corners resulting from that free-kick.

And Marriner then failed to spot an even more blatant handball from Quinn in the dying stages of the second half.

“For me, if the hands are not next to the body in the box, then it’s a penalty,” said Poyet.

“Jordi Gomez got the ball half a second before (the contact with Hull’s David Meyler) and yet it was a foul.

“And the last one, before the third goal, is a handball as well by Quinn in the middle of the park.”

Despite Marriner’s display, Poyet offered no defence of his side’s second half display, as Sunderland produced one of their worst 45 minutes of the campaign after starting the game in the ascendancy when Adam Johnson opened the scoring with just 30 seconds on the clock.

“I was very disappointed with the second half,” added Poyet.

“We were expecting more from plenty of things.

“There were just too many mistakes.

“We were hurrying and trying to push forward, but we need to be better than that and be more patient with our passing.

“It was a perfect start, especially after last weekend’s result.

“The early goal was great, but it was not to be.”