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Poyet baffled by penalty decision

16 August 2014 20:04

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet slammed referee Neil Swarbrick for awarding a "soft" penalty to West Brom in Saturday's 2-2 draw.

The visitors moved ahead in just the fifth minute on the opening day of the Premier League season at The Hawthorns thanks to Lee Cattermole's 25-yard thunderbolt.

However, Sunderland felt strongly aggrieved three minutes before half-time when Swarbrick adjudged Valentin Roberge to have tugged down Victor Anichebe in the area and Saido Berahino confidently levelled with the resulting spot-kick.

Sunderland were staring down the barrel when Berahino put the hosts ahead in the 74th minute, but Sebastian Larsson earned Sunderland a point in the closing stages.

Despite seeing his side claim a point, Poyet was left baffled by the penalty decision.

"With the incident I was quite disappointed," he told Sky Sports.

"I was not expecting to come here and even try to speak about a referee's decision.

"[It was] soft. We are not playing football to give soft decisions. Everybody in the stadium thought he was going to give a yellow card to give Anichebe [for simulation].

"After that I don't know what happened, but it is not the way I wanted to start the Premier League.

"I don't want to talk about referees. I want to talk about football."

Though disappointed not to win, Poyet credited his team for their second-half showing.

"We went for it and had nothing to lose. We were much better in the second half and let us see if we can maintain it." he said.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
16 August 2014
Game week
1
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
The Hawthorns (West Bromwich)
Attendance
25468

Goals

0 - 1
S. Berahino (PG) 42'  
1 - 1
S. Berahino 74'
(assist by C. Gardner) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
85' S. Larsson
 (assist by P. van Aanholt)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3 32'
15
25 10'
2
8
21
11
17 30'
10
18 42' 74'
Coach: A. Irvine

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
4
5
29
9
13
14
20
# Player Bookings
14
30
17
1
4
18
19

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +27 45
2 18 +24 42
3 18 +14 35
4 18 +17 32
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