Paul Dummett predictably didn’t think it was a penalty or a sending off on Sunday, though he also summed up in only a handful of words why Newcastle didn’t win the game, regardless of that incident just before half-time.
The Geordie defender saying ‘..it’s the goals that count and we didn’t score any’.
The approach play was once again good from Newcastle, very good at times, undoubtedly helped by a very poor Sunderland team and so so negative tactics from Allardyce.
As Dummett says though, plenty of effort and decent play, but no goals.
What will disappoint Steve McClaren as much as anything, is the fact that we aren’t even talking about some brilliant performance from Pantilimon, or very bad luck in front of goal.
The Mackem keeper made that one good stop from Mitrovic but otherwise he wasn’t really tested and Newcastle had no real hard luck stories of unlucky deflections, hitting the woodwork, or even dodgy decisions in and around the Sunderland box.
A fair bit has been made of whether Wijnaldum could and should have had a penalty but to me this has only really been brought up because Sunderland got an equally dubious looking penalty straight afterwards.
For Newcastle to get out of trouble and look progressive, we really need all the front four of Mitrovic, Perez, Sissoko and Wijanldum to create and score goals on a regular basis.
As Paul Dummett says, the work ethic of the side looks decent but the team need more than that to get out of trouble, plus with each passing disappointment, you run the risk of that good team ethic fading quickly.
Paul Dummett talking to the official club website:
“It’s very disappointing, especially after the start we made in the first half, we had complete control of the game and they never looked like troubling us, until a huge decision changed the game.
“I haven’t seen it again but from my view on the pitch it looked harsh, should never have even been a foul, in my opinion.
“From then they got their goals and it’s hard with ten men in the Premier League, never going to be easy.
“We created a lot but couldn’t find a way past their keeper. It wasn’t to be but the lads battled on really well, especially with ten men.
“Credit to the lads because even with the Colo getting sent off and Jack having to go off injured, we battled on well.
“You could see the players wanted to win throughout. We never stopped – even in the 90th minute at 3-0 down we were still trying to attack and score goals.
“Unfortunately though you don’t get any points for that, it’s the goals that count and we didn’t score any.
“Never nice losing against Sunderland and we have got to look to next week (v Stoke), we have got to stand up and go again.”