Monday 20 November 2017

Poyet furious at Cattermole red


Rory Dollard

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was furious at referee Andre Marriner's decision to send off Lee Cattermole while failing to punish Hull's Paul McShane for a challenge that "could have killed" Keiren Westwood.

The Black Cats had a nightmare first half in their defeat at the KC Stadium, with Carlos Cuellar scoring a decisive own-goal before Cattermole and Andrea Dossena both saw red just before the interval.

Poyet accepted Dossena had to go for a dreadful stamp on David Meyler but felt Cattermole's dismissal for a lunge on Ahmed Elmohamady was a harsh one. His feeling of injustice was aggravated by the fact McShane was not penalised for his collision with Westwood, which left the Ireland 'keeper groggy and unable to continue.

Poyet accepted there was no malice in the challenge but gave a colourful account of the danger involved: "I'm not accusing McShane at all: I think he played the ball and he was late, but he nearly killed him, and he (Westwood) is out and I need to change my goalkeeper.

"The tackle of Lee didn't touch him (Elmohamady). He was still on the pitch and he was down for two minutes, there's a difference. Maybe I'm from another planet, I don't know."

Sunday Independent

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