Jermain Defoe bagged a hat-trick in Sunderland’s 4-2 win over Swansea City on Wednesday, but the striker’s performance was not the main talking point of the match.
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Referee Graham Scott had a tough day at the office, as he gave Swansea a penalty kick when Andre Ayew tripped over himself, and then sent off Swansea’s Kyle Naughton for what looked to be a clean challenge.
Two of Defoe’s goals also appeared to be offside, although the official and his linesman allowed both to stand.
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Even Swansea manager Alan Curtis admitted that the penalty should not have been given, while Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce called both the penalty and the red card “bizarre.”
Speaking after the match, Allardyce called the win “enormous” for their season, but acknowledged that they may have been a bit fortunate with some of the referee’s decisions.
Im not disputing [the questionable calls]. It went both ways today.
We manipulated or played with the situation as it panned out to come back and win the game, and that’s all we can do. We had our destiny in our own hands today and we have taken the opportunity, rightly or wrongly, to win the game.
For us, it’s an unbelievable win because today if you don’t win, then make sure you don’t lose. It is an enormous, enormous, enormous three points that gives us a lot of encouragement and hope going forward.
Either way, Allardyce will take the result as Sunderland have won back-to-back games and are now just one point away from safety. He must now focus on a tough trip to Tottenham over the weekend, as the Black Cats look to continue their climb.