Poyet: Video view will hold key to Brown red-card appeal

Wes Brown walks off disconsolately after his late red card in today's 0-0 draw with Norwich
Wes Brown walks off disconsolately after his late red card in today's 0-0 draw with Norwich
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GUS Poyet says he will review footage before deciding whether or not to appeal Wes Brown’s sending off against Norwich City.

The ex-Manchester United defender was red-carded in the dying seconds of today’s goalless draw against the Canaries for a tackle on Ricky Van Wolfswinkel which referee Martin Atkinson saw as reckless.

If the red card is upheld, Sunderland’s key central defender will miss all three games over the festive period, against Everton, Cardiff and Aston Villa.

Poyet said: “I’m not going to comment on the decision of the referee – it is not worth it.

“I don’t know whether I will appeal yet – I haven’t had time to analyse it.

“But if it is a ban, it will be more difficult without Wes, that’s for sure.

“We were getting stability in defence and we’d got back-to-back clean sheets this weekend.

but now we’ve lost one of our leaders.

“Wes Brown is a player you don’t want to lose, but that’s what happens when you are at the bottom – there’s always something – but that’s life at the bottom.”

Poyet was downcast after a game he’d been bullish going into – he had been convinced this was the moment Sunderland would notch back-to-back victories for the first time this season, following the midweek Capital One Cup success against Chelsea.

“I was not expecting this,” he admitted.

“I hate excuses.

“When people have excuses they will take them.

“But we have no excuses and the outcome of the weekend is that it is getting more difficult for us.

“We should not have had the problem we had.

“We can have no excuses and we are losing time, losing games.

“I said after winning in the cup you have to go on to win another game, that is what you need to do, and Norwich should have been ideal.”

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