Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett was disappointed by the 3-0 loss to Sunderland, and believes an undeserved red card changed the whole game.
The Magpies lost their sixth consecutive Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, where goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher sealed a win for the Black Cats.
The match turned in the hosts favour on the stroke of halftime when Fabricio Coloccini was shown a straight red card for a foul on Fletcher in the box, and Johnson opened the scoring from the resulting penalty.
"It's very disappointing, especially after the start we made in the first half," Dummett told his club's official website. "It's never nice losing against Sunderland.
"We had complete control of the game, they never looked like troubling us until right at the end (of the first half) when a huge decision changed the game.
"I haven't seen it again but from my view on the pitch it looked harsh. It should never have even been a foul, in my opinion. From then they got their goals and it's hard with 10 men in the Premier League – that's never going to be easy.
"You could see the players wanted to win throughout. We never stopped – even in the 90th minute at 3-0 down we were still trying to attack and score goals. Unfortunately, though, you don't get any points for that – it's the goals that count and we didn't score any."