Alan Curtis says Swansea City’s defeat to Sunderland highlighted their need to sign new players – but he felt Kyle Naughton’s red card changed the game.
Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick to ensure back-to-back Premier League wins for Sunderland, but the game was shrouded in controversy with rookie referee Graham Scott criticised by both managers after the game.
Scott was only appointed for his fourth Premier League game on Monday after original referee Andre Marriner fell ill, but the Oxfordshire official was to find himself in the firing line.
Defoe might easily have been adjudged offside for his first two goals and Swansea were fortunate to be awarded a penalty when Andre Ayew fell after appearing to kick the ground rather than being tripped.
And Naughton received a straight red card close to half-time with the score at 1-1, although the full-back clearly won the ball for his challenge on Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila.
“I don’t want to criticise referees, but I think he got the big ones wrong tonight,” Curtis said.
“Decisions can take the game away from you. We were fortuitous with the penalty decision for us.
“When he makes a huge decision to send a player off we were forced to play the next hour with 10 men. It is very difficult these days to do that.
“I thought he won the ball and you only have to look at the video and he has won it cleanly.
“It is something we will try to appeal first thing tomorrow morning.”
Swansea have only won once in six league games since Curtis succeeded Garry Monk last month and, having sold England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle for £12million, the need for reinforcements is essential.
“I have spoken to Huw (Jenkins, Swansea chairman) about players,” Curtis said.
“I can’t give names, but this result will highlight we do need to being someone in sooner rather than later.
“It is going to be a slog between now and the end of the season.”