Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Ipswich camp slam key decisions plus youngster linked with move

Sunderland claimed a vital victory over Ipswich Town yesterday evening – in a game that wasn’t without its controversies.

Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 5:36 pm

Grant Leadbitter’s late penalty gave the Black Cats all three points at the Stadium of Light while Town midfielder Andre Dozzell was shown a red card.

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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news (4 November)

Last updated: Wednesday, 04 November, 2020, 16:45

  • Sunderland beat Ipswich Town yesterday evening to keep the pressure on the early League One leaders
  • But the game wasn’t without its controversy - with Ipswich boss Paul Lambert fuming over the red card and penalty decisions which changed the game
  • Midfielder Josh Scowen was taken off at half-time due to concerns over a potential concussion.
  • Meanwhile, the Black Cats have been linked with a move for a free agent youngster

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Ipswich winger slams penalty decision

Ipswich Town winger Alan Judge has slammed the decision to award Sunderland a late penalty as ‘one of the worst decisions’ he’s seen in his career.

Grant Leadbitter converted from the spot late on to seal the points, but Judge and his teammates were left aggrieved after what they felt was a controversial decision – after referee Peter Wright adjudged that Mark McGuinness had handled the ball.

Asked how he felt about the decision, the winger said: “Angry. I don’t know if you’ve seen the penalty back but it’s probably one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen.

“Mark’s not even looking at it and it’s just one of those where it’s hit him.

"I was pretty sure the rule got changed after handballs were given quite early [in the season]. In my eyes that’s not a penno and a lot of the Sunderland players said that themselves.”

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Ipswich appeal red card

Ipswich have confirmed they are appealing against the decision to red card Andre Dozzell during last night’s match.

The midfielder was dismissed by referee Peter Wright for a foul on Grant Leadbitter 18 minutes from time.

Town boss Paul Lambert said: “The Club have to appeal. 

“It wasn’t a sending off. The foul is on Andre himself first. Hopefully common sense will see the red card rescinded.”

Leadbitter gets Sunderland’s man of the match

"It’s a big three points for us against a good team, who are going to be around us come the end of the season. We want to be there fighting and getting points on the board,” Leadbitter insisted," said the Sunderland midfielder after last night’s 1-0 win over Ipswich.

“We started the game really well, but then we got a bit caught in-between after that. In the second half, we were a lot better.

“I’m confident in myself with penalties, I’ve taken them for years. Like Peterborough, this was a tight game. We have to win at home to be successful, and so far we’ve done that.”

Phil Smith’s verdict on last night’s win

Parkinson on Ipswich win

“I think the first half we got caught in between a little bit with our pressing.

“I thought we allowed them to progress up the pitch too easily, even though we started well and got the goal.

“The second half we were much better, we put Goochy in behind the two strikers and got on top of them better.

“We forced them into more mistakes and it was a much better display.

“Sometimes when you're not at your best you've got to find a way to win. The lads stuck at it and it was an important win for us, to back up the win against Gillingham."

On this day: Cats win at Gillingham

Here’s hoping it’s nothing too serious...

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