I would have given Everton penalty says Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

FOULED: Seamus Coleman is brought down in the Sunderland penalty area  as Sunderland draw 1-1 with Everton at The Stadium Of Light. Picture by FRANK REID
FOULED: Seamus Coleman is brought down in the Sunderland penalty area as Sunderland draw 1-1 with Everton at The Stadium Of Light. Picture by FRANK REID

GUS POYET admits he would have awarded Everton the penalty which saw the Toffees deny Sunderland victory.

Everton pulled level with 15 minutes to go when Connor Wickham was penalised for a foul on Everton full-back Seamus Coleman, and Leighton Baines squeezed home the resulting spot-kick.

Sunderland’s players were incensed by the decision at the time, but subsequent replays showed Wickham fouled Coleman before he made contact with the ball.

Poyet said: “I would give it, I need to be honest. If I was the referee and on the pitch, I would give it.

“He (Wickham) touched the ball one quarter of a second after touching Coleman who miskicked it.

“I think from the position of the referee, it was an easy decision to make.”

Poyet said he had some sympathy for referee Lee Mason who could easily have sent off several players.

“It was tough for the ref,” said the Uruguayan.

“There were lots of little things and when you add them all together, it made him (the ref) the most important man on the pitch.

“And normally, the best referees in the world are the ones that nobody remembers.”