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Juan Cala of Cardiff City walks past Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being sent off by referee Phil Dowd. Photo: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images

Juan Cala of Cardiff City walks past Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being sent off by referee Phil Dowd. Photo: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images

Juan Cala of Cardiff City walks past Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being sent off by referee Phil Dowd. Photo: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images

GUS POYET hailed the best refereeing decision he has ever seen after seeing Sunderland drag themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The 46-year-old Uruguayan was full of praise for match official Phil Dowd, who sent off Cardiff defender Juan Cala and awarded a penalty after initially allowing play to continue.

Poyet said: "It's the best decision I have ever seen from a referee in my life, it's as simple as that.

"If we really want to stop players going down easily, this is the way, so all the credit to Phil today because he did what we all wanted, but it was for some reason not possible.

"Today, we got what everybody was probably expecting in terms of playing the game, going on because the referee is going to back you up because you have advantage, but it was a foul and it was a red card."

Dowd's decision on the stroke of half-time proved the pivotal moment in the game, although by that point, the Black Cats were already ahead.

Connor Wickham set the ball rolling when he headed Sebastian Larsson's 26th-minute corner and it was he who prompted Cala's premature departure. The 21-year-old pounced on Cala's error only to be hauled back and after Dowd played an advantage which did not accrue, he pointed to the spot and issued a red.

Fabio Borini converted from the spot and the Black Cats never looked back as Emanuele Giaccherini added a third before Wickham claimed his second of the game at the death from the Italy international's corner.

The win lifted Sunderland out of the drop zone on goal difference and left the Bluebirds at the bottom of the pile.


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