Steve McClaren says he has never been as angry as he was at the Stadium of Light – after referee Robert Madley’s decisions “cost” Newcastle United the Wear-Tyne derby.
The 3-0 derby defeat left Newcastle second-bottom of the Premier League ahead of this Saturday’s home game against Stoke City.
United head coach McClaren felt the game was decided by two decisions from Madley, who waved play on after Lee Cattermole brought down Georginio Wijnaldum in the box and seconds later awarded a penalty and sent off captain Fabricio Coloccini for a push on Steven Fletcher.
Adam Johnson converted the spot-kick, and Sunderland rarely looked back as they eased to a sixth successive derby triumph.
McClaren had to be restrained as he attempted to remonstrate with officials after the Madley pointed to the spot.
“I don’t think frustrated is the word,” said the former England boss. “Angry, disappointed and two decisions have cost us the game in which we were totally dominant.
“We looked a very good side, we frustrated the crowd. It was the perfect performance, first half.
“I’ve never controlled one so much, we quietened the crowd, got them irritated. We should have had a penalty, and they wrestled the game, really.
“Games can change and you lose games because of that and then 30 seconds later, a penalty against which was, in my opinion wrong and unbelievable.”
McClaren added that the decision had made him as angry as he had ever been in his career.
Coloccini was also furious, having been convinced he hadn’t fouled Fletcher.
“I’ve never seen him so angry,” said McClaren. “He knows as well, and you do know, whether you’re in control of a challenge, or you’re not in control.”
The Tynesiders plan to appeal the red card, which will see Coloccini miss Saturday’s home game against Stoke City.
Meanwhile, Newcastle were today assessing the injury suffered by former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback, who left the Stadium of Light on crutches.