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Asamoah Gyan lifted some of the despair that had settled over Sunderland in the
REACTION: Stoke manager Pulis was predictably angry over the referee's failure to spot Cattermole handling on the line: "It was a game changing decision and that's six given against us in the last 11 games. Everybody will agree it was hand ball. Lee Cattermole would have been sent off, we'd hope to score the penalty and then it's 11 v 10 with 20 minutes to go - and a completely different game. It is very, very disappointing Referees will make mistakes, like players do. You just hope they dont make game changing mistakes. I never go to see the referee, but I will go and see him. He
had a clear view of the incident from the view I've seen.
"I don't think he could give it as over the line, but what disappoints us is
that it hit his hand, rolled down his arm and then he pushed it away."
On how the game developed:
"In the first half we were very poor and Sunderland were well worth their lead.
They were the better team and we didn't play well.
"People were doing their own thing and not playing like a team. We sorted a few
things at the interval and were better in the second half. It was only a matter
of time before we were going to score.
It's a sickener to lose four league games in a row. I don't like losing. I've
managed about 800 games and never had a run like this in respect of decisions.
On the dismissal of Shawcross:
"The decision was a poor one. I don't think he touched him and Ryan was trying
to pull his boot away. People make split second decisions and sometimes mistime
challenges. I dont think anybody goes out to seriously hurt another player.
Sunderland manager Bruce agreed with Pulis that Cattermole handled on
"It was handball, whether it was pivotal, who knows?"
On the way Sunderland bounced back after the defeat at Newcastle:
"It's been a tough week and I'm pleased the young players have learned from it.
They were all determined to try and make amends if they could. We've repaired
some damage and showed what we are made of.
"Thankfully Gyan showed he is a class act and gave us the spark and the life we
needed. We were planning all week to play him with Darren Bent until he pulled
up with a hamstring.
"Asa had to wait and be patient. We needed five or six weeks to get him up to
speed. We always knew he would give us a spark."
WHAT IT MEANS:
At least Steve Bruce can sleep a little easier after a win that was badly needed
in the wake of their humiliation at Newcastle last Sunday. Bruce had come under
fire from a section of the Sunderland supporters since their St James' Park
collapse and, while this victory came as a relief, the performance will hardly
silence the critics. Tony Pulis was understandably unhappy about referee Martin
Atkinson's refusal to award a second half penalty because the Stoke manager
knows that his team have to end their recent dismal run if they are to avoid a
winter of discontent.
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson
- Sunderland v Tottenham (Away) Premier League, 9/11, 2000 GMT
- Stoke v Birmingham (Home) Premier League, 9/11, 1945 GMT
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland): The striker has had to be patient while waiting for
his first team chance this season, but he seized the opportunity with both hands
and hinted at why Bruce was ready to pay £13 million for him. He posed a threat
throughout the first ahfl and, while he faded after the interval, still produced
an excellent finish for his second goal
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