Allardyce: It was a foul, but we were fortunate

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2015 5:02

Sam Allardyce: Plenty to smile about

Sam Allardyce admitted that Sunderland were fortunate to be awarded a first-half penalty in their 3-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Newcastle went into first-half stoppage time having bossed the game, but crucially without having made it tell, and they were stung in devastating style twice within seconds.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was left appealing in vain for a penalty after Lee Cattermole appeared to handle the ball inside the box and then haul him to the ground with referee Madley unmoved.

However, he had no hesitation in pointing to the spot at the other end seconds later after Coloccini leaned rather too heavily on Steven Fletcher as he tried to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Rob Elliot, rubbing salt into the wound by also producing a red card.

Adam Johnson dispatched the penalty with the minimum of fuss to set up a second half in which Billy Jones and Fletcher added two more to wrap up the win.

Allardyce became the fourth straight Sunderland boss after Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat to bounce back from defeat in his first game in charge by beating Newcastle in his second, and he could hardly have been more delighted.

The 61-year-old felt that both the penalty and red card were correct according to the letter of the law, but he admitted that Sunderland were fortunate to see the decisions go in their favour.

“We have taken full advantage of a piece of good fortune,” Allardyce said.

“I did think it was a foul, personally. I have had a look at it and I think if he hadn’t have made contact with him, Steven Fletcher would have scored on his left foot, on his better side.

“It’s a bit harsh, sending him off, though, but that’s the rule, sadly, and we have taken full advantage of that today.

“We got a harsh decision last week against us; we’ve got one that perhaps has gone for us this time. But the big thing is that we have taken advantage of it.

“When the Sunderland fans wake up tomorrow, they won’t be worried about that, will they? Because we have won and we have kept the record going.

“Six wins on the trot, the fourth manager to be in charge of the club on his second game and beat our local rivals – I find that a bizarre statistic, but it’s very nice to have kept it going.”

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