GUS POYET struggled to hide his frustration with referee Andre Marriner after Sunderland again suffered the post-derby blows against Hull City.
Sunderland blew the chance to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season at the Stadium of Light today after struggling Hull inflicted only a fifth defeat of the campaign on the Black Cats.
Poyet’s side got off to the perfect start when Adam Johnson broke the deadlock within the opening 30 seconds, but as was the case last season, Sunderland suffered defeat against Steve Bruce’s Hull in the game after beating Newcastle.
However, Poyet felt Marriner’s failure to award a penalty for either one of two handballs from Hull duo Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn on the stroke of half-time, proved to be a defining point.
Poyet said: “It was a strange game, disappointing.
“We had a great start and did not take advantage of that.
“We’re bitterly disappointed.
“It was one of the worst afternoons at the Stadium of Light in terms of the decisions.
“I think until the incidents, it was a normal game.
“There was two strange goals and after the penalty incident, the game changed completely.
“The atmosphere in the stadium and the emotions of the players.
“It’s difficult to cope with those decisions.
“We spent too much energy thinking of why it wasn’t given and not playing the game.
“The chances at the end of the first half, we couldn’t convert the second goal and then the second half was disappointing, yes.”