SUNDERLAND boss Martin O’Neill says he is adamant about his side’s penalty claim for a foul on Nicklas Bendtner during the unluck 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.
O’Neill said: “Ours is obviously a definite penalty,” he said.
“I’ve been told, certainly, that the first one (on Torres) at our end is not a penalty.”
O’Neill was even more upset about the opportunities his side squandered, with James McClean missing an open goal and Craig Gardner and Bendtner also snatching at good chances.
“We missed at least five really good opportunities and I think that’s too many,” he said.
“I know scoring a goal is pretty difficult, but it’s not that difficult.
“A blundering full-back could’ve stuck a couple of those in – from about four leagues below.”
Insisting he would not panic buy in the January transfer window as a result, he added: “I don’t think your immediate reaction would be to race out to get somebody who could score 20 goals. He’d only cost about £35million anyway.”
Sunderland lost defender Matthew Kilgallon to an ankle injury at half-time after he landed awkwardly making an aerial challenge.
“He went over on his ankle and I think somebody also landed on top of him,” O’Neill said.
“It’s really unfortunate for the lad.”
O’Neill refused to be too downcast about what was a rare setback since his arrival at Sunderland transformed their season.
He said: “When you consider that Chelsea were overwhelmed at the final whistle, I suppose we take some sort of consolation.”