ALAN Pardew labelled Newcastle United’s defeat to Sunderland “galling”, insisting Fabio Borini’s winner should not have been allowed to stand.
Mathieu Debuchy had cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s early strike in the 57th minute.
With the score level at 1-1, United manager Pardew felt his team were in the ascendency.
A linesman had flagged for a Newcastle throw-in, but referee Lee Probert awarded a foul against captain Cheik Tiote. Sunderland broke upfield and scored from the resulting a quick free-kick.
“It’s just galling to lose that game – I thought we were the better side,” Pardew said.
“The referee’s played a part. I don’t think it’s a foul.
“Our players momentarily stopped. We should have had a throw-in. The linesman indicated a throw-in.
“They’ve gone down the other end and got a goal with their first shot of the second half.
“It was a game we looked like winning, let alone drawing, so it’s particularly galling to lose.”