Tuesday 23 December 2014

Penalty sees Black Cats share the points at West Brom

West Brom 2 Sunderland 2

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino scores his team's first goal at The Hawthorns. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino scores his team's first goal at The Hawthorns. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's first goal. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole celebrates scoring his team's first goal. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet gestures towards the referee at half time. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt and Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson battle for the ball. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.

GUS Poyet insisted he would not talk about the referee after his side conceded a controversial penalty at West Brom.

The Black Cats saw their early lead cancelled out at The Hawthorns as Valentin Roberge was adjudged to have brought down Victor Anichebe.

Replays suggested the slightest of shirt pulls but Saido Berahino made no mistake from the spot, and later grabbed a second to leave Sunderland needing a late Sebastian Larsson equaliser.

Sunderland had taken the lead with a Lee Cattermole strike, but West Brom were forcing themselves back into contention when referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to spot.

"If you ask every manager, we want to talk about football," said Poyet. "Unfortunately, we always talk about one decision."

Alan Irvine accepted his team may have got lucky with the penalty. He said: "It was soft. Had he not given it I probably wouldn't have made too much of it."

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