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Gus Poyet: I won't talk about referee

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hopes to avoid being in the Premier League relegation battle this season.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insisted he would not talk about the referee after his side conceded a controversial penalty in their 2-2 draw at West Brom.

- Randall: Sunderland earn point, have work to do

The Black Cats saw their early lead cancelled out as Valentin Roberge was adjudged to have brought down Victor Anichebe.

Replays suggested just the slightest of shirt pulls, but Saido Berahino made no mistake from the spot and later grabbed a second to leave Sunderland needing a late Sebastian Larsson equaliser to earn a point.

Sunderland had taken the lead with a superb Lee Cattermole strike, but West Brom were forcing themselves back into contention when referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to spot.

Poyet said: "If you ask every single manager, we want to talk about football.

"Unfortunately at the end we are always talking about one decision. I am not even going to try, it is simple. I don't even need to comment. It is not worth it.

"Everyone in the stadium thought he was stopping to give a yellow card to Anichebe. It is not the way I wanted to start, talking about referees."

Poyet said his side had begun brightly before succumbing to "20-25 minutes of disaster technically." He added: "We couldn't pass the ball more than two or three times.

"That gave the chance to West Brom to start attacking and attacking, and when you defend too much one decision or one mistake can give them the opportunity to come back in the game.

"The second half was better, even if we conceded a poor goal. We were more aggressive and more in their half. I am pleased with the reaction.

"You need to take a point. There is so little between the teams that a point to start with is not a bad thing."

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