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Ref's blunders cost us game, raps Newcastle boss Steve McClaren

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle

By Damian Spellman

A furious Steve McClaren criticised referee Robert Madley after seeing Newcastle slip to a record sixth successive derby defeat by Sunderland in controversial circumstances.

The Magpies head coach hit out at the official for not awarding his side a penalty and then pointing to the spot at the other end and sending off skipper Fabricio Coloccini as the Black Cats broke in an explosive conclusion to the first half at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland took full advantage of what manager Sam Allardyce later admitted had been a stroke of good fortune to run out 3-0 winners and claim their first Premier League victory of the campaign at the 10th attempt.

McClaren said: "I don't think frustrated is the word - angry, disappointed. Two decisions have cost us a game in which we were totally dominant, looked a very good side, frustrated the crowd - it was a perfect performance in the first half."

Newcastle went into first-half stoppage time having bossed the game, but without having made it tell, and they were stung twice within seconds. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was left appealing in vain for a penalty after Lee Cattermole appeared to handle the ball inside the box and then haul him to the ground with referee Madley unmoved.

However, he had no hesitation in pointing to the spot at the other end seconds later after Coloccini leaned rather too heavily on Steven Fletcher as he tried to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Rob Elliot, rubbing salt into the wound by also producing a red card.

McClaren said: "It's simple: he is wrong in my opinion. Referees are part and parcel of the game and you control your performance - you can't control the opponent or the referee and they can affect the result. And they have done today - not so much the opponent, but definitely the referee."

Adam Johnson dispatched the penalty to set up a second half in which Billy Jones and Fletcher added two more to wrap up the win.

Allardyce became the fourth straight Sunderland boss after Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat to bounce back from defeat in his first game in charge by beating Newcastle in his second, and he could hardly have been more delighted.

The 61-year-old said: "We have taken full advantage of a piece of good fortune. I did think it was a foul. I have had a look at it and I think if he hadn't have made contact with him, Steven Fletcher would have scored on his left foot, on his better side.

"It's a bit harsh, sending him off, though, but that's the rule."

SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Yedlin, O'Shea (Coates 37), Kaboul, Jones, Cattermole, M'Vila, Johnson, Toivonen (Defoe 36), Lens (Larsson 82), Fletcher

Subs not used: van Aanholt, Jordi Gómez, Mannone, Watmore

Goals: Johnson 45 (pen), Jones 65, Fletcher 86

NEWCASTLE: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett (Thauvin 78), Sissoko, Tioté (Lascelles 45), Colback (Anita 49), Wijnaldum, Pérez, Mitrovic

Subs not used: Cissé, de Jong, Haidara, Woodman

Booked: Coloccini (sent off), Tioté, Colback

Man of the match: Adam Johnson

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Robert Madley (Wakefield)

Attendance: 47,653

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