Sunderland v Aston Villa ref Mike Jones was ‘poor’ says Poyet

CARD TRICK: Emanuele Giacchereni is booked for diving by referee Mike Jones
CARD TRICK: Emanuele Giacchereni is booked for diving by referee Mike Jones

GUS Poyet believes the performance of referee Mike Jones and his assistants had a major bearing on yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The Sunderland head coach was disappointed with a host of decisions and believes the Chester official stopped play at the drop of a hat in a game the Black Cats were desperate to see flow.

“I thought the referee was poor,” said Poyet. “He didn’t let us play and he stopped the game so many times.

“The only thing he didn’t do was make a phone call!”

Poyet though was particularly disappointed to see a linesman’s flag rule out what looked like a legitimate equaliser from Emanuele Giaccherini early in the second half – a ‘goal’ which could easily have changed the game.

“I think he saw a movement of the hand ahead of the defender, or something – I don’t know how he gave it,” said Poyet.

“Normally those would go for you, on this occasion it has gone against us.”