Mar 31, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
West HamWest Ham United
Johnson (65')
Alonso (73'), Wickham (75')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Carroll (9'), Diame (50')
Noble (3'), Nolan (67'), Reid (88'), Adrian (90')

Gus Poyet: 'Kevin Nolan deliberately handled'

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on January 11, 2014
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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes that his side should have been awarded a penalty for handball against Kevin Nolan in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham United.

Gus Poyet has claimed that his Sunderland team were denied a penalty for deliberate handball by Kevin Nolan in their 2-1 defeat to West Ham United on Monday.

A late strike from Adam Johnson was not enough for the Black Cats to overcome the two-goal deficit that had been inflicted on them by Andy Carroll and Mohamed Diame.

However, Poyet feels that things could have turned out differently had referee Howard Webb awarded them a spot-kick when, with the scores at 1-0, Nolan appeared to control the ball with his hand inside the box.

"It was clear, deliberate. He tried to play the ball with his hand," he told Sky Sports News.

"You would need to ask the referee. It was easy to see but that's the way it's been. I hope we get some luck; a decision from the ref or a deflected shot goes in.

"It's about winning now. We have a chance and will go to the end."

The result left relegation-threatened Sunderland winless in seven matches, and four points adrift of safety.

Andy Carroll of West Ham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on March 31, 2014
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