GUS Poyet was convinced that Lee Cattermole did not deserve to be sent off as Sunderland imploded at Hull City.
The Black Cats’ head coach had no complaints about Andrea Dossena’s dismissal minutes after Cattermole headed down the tunnel in a disastrous end to the first half at the KC Stadium yesterday.
But the ex-Sunderland skipper, Poyet felt, had been harshly treated and he believed referee Andre Marriner was guilty of inconsistency when it came to other challenges in the game
“I have looked at the sendings off and, in my view, it is a case of Cattermole – no; Dossena yes.
“That’s my view.
“I know how Lee plays and I know that in football today we need people like Lee.
“It’s no good that if every time he makes a tackle it’s going to be red.
“If that’s going to be the case then I think we need to change the rules of football rather than Lee because otherwise we are taking away every challenge.
“I would love the referees to talk because, to me, it is a foul but not a red.”
Poyet said scrutiny should be given to the treatment of other incidents in the game, too, and in particular how Hull were able to escape punishment for a couple of painful challenges on Sunderland’s players.
“If I was analysing the game as a pundit I would ask the technical people to pull me footage of the challenge on Keiren Westwood by Paul McShane which has almost taken the keeper’s head off, and the foul on Adam Johnson by Robbie Brady, and I would get the panelists to comment on them too.
“For me, McShane takes out Westwood but has no punishment, while Lee tackles Elmohamady who stays down for a couple of minutes and then continues.
“It does not seem right.”
Poyet added that he believed Sunderland still have every chance of survival this season if they show the same sort of spirit and resistance as they displayed in the second half when nine men kept Hull at bay for 45 minutes and might even have pinched a result with a couple of late flurries.
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