Ayoze Perez says that it was a penalty…but at the other end of the pitch.

The Newcastle striker thinks that on two counts Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty just before the Coloccini incident.

Perez says that Lee Cattermole both fouled Gini Wijnaldum and handled the ball in the Sunderland box, only seconds before the home team caught Newcastle on the break and the game-changing incident happened.

Former top referee Graham Poll says that he agreed with the penalty but not the sending off, with Steve McClaren already saying the club will appeal the red card and ban.

Saying decisions ‘maybe’ changed the game, the Spanish striker believes that Newcastle played really well and created numerous chances.

However, whereas everything they hit against Norwich went into the back of the net, the players struggled to really test Pantilimon, with only the save from Mitrovic anything but routine.

Despite the disappointment, Ayoze Perez says the team have to stick together and now prepare for the visit of Stoke City, who had won four matches in a row before Watford took them apart at home in a similar vein as they did to Newcastle at St James Park.

The third match in this series of ‘winnable’ games, the pressure is very much back on Steve McClaren and his team, not that it ever really left…

Ayoze Perez talking to NUFC TV:

“We are disappointed, we don’t deserve what happened. So we have to stick together because we played really well, we created a lot of chances – some decisions maybe changed the game.

“I don’t want to say anything about the penalty but a sending off has a big impact on the game and that is what happened.

“It was a penalty (Cattermole on Wijnaldum just before Sunderland’s penalty), Cattermole hit him with his elbow and the ball touched his hand, for me it is a penalty.

“Only 1-0 and we had that big (Mitrovic) chance, we created more than that as well, so unlucky.