Baggies ride their luck at Sunderland
Sunderland 0 West Brom 0
Gus Poyet was left to rue a series of controversial decisions as Sunderland were denied a much-needed victory over West Brom.
Head coach Poyet was convinced Baggies defender Joleon Lescott should have been sent off after being penalised for a fifth-minute foul on Danny Graham, and then saw a tight offside decision go against his team when Adam Johnson thought he had broken the deadlock.
But it was the earlier incident which particularly disappointed the Uruguayan after referee Mike Jones initially waved play on before consulting assistant Constantine Hatzidakis and awarding a foul and a yellow card.
Asked about the goal, Poyet said: "It's onside. It's unfortunate from the linesman, but I am a little bit more disappointed with the red card.
"I think it was an easy decision. The ref was not giving the foul, the foul was given by the linesman. The call for the red card should be the linesman and not the referee."
West Brom boss Tony Pulis, however, was astonished to see a free-kick awarded, let alone a caution.
"I have seen old women in the high street take more of a knock and stay on their feet than what the lad did," he said.
Sunderland's 13th league draw of the season extended their run without a goal to three games, and although they were comfortably the better side on a day when West Brom defended resiliently but did little else, they were unable to fashion a breakthrough.
"[It was] a case of trying everything and getting nothing, really," Poyet said. "You say in England, 'It wasn't to be' - it's that kind of day."
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