After the amazing 3-0 Sunderland win on Sunday at the Stadium of Light against Newcastle BBC pundit and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted that 3-0 certainly didn’t tell the story of the game after Newcastle had completely dominated the first half.
But then just before half time Fabricio Coloccini was sent off for giving away what in the first place was a dubious penalty.
And then the referee showed him the red card and that´s one way of wrecking a derby game.
Gary Linekar – BBC pundit
Lastly there was no need for the Coloccini challenge against Steven Fletcher, since Elliot was always going to get there first. which Gary rightly points out.
It´s par for the course these days for the managers to complain about referee´s decisions – especially when they lose – but our players shouldn´t give the ref any chance to make bad decisions – Colo shouldn´t have put in the challenge.
Our players have to become a lot smarter and not throw games like this away – it was the third time we had a player see red in the first half this season.
And we had our hearts in our mouths that the reckless Cheick Tiote would pick up a second yellow card in the first half – and it was a big risk by McClaren to leave him on the field as long as he did.
3-0 to Sunderland. If ever a scoreline didn’t tell a story.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 25, 2015
Football eh? Madness from Coloccini but don’t think it was a red. Keeper was always getting there. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 25, 2015