McCarthy: No chance with ten
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mick McCarthy justifiably agreed with Andy Welsh's red card at Liverpool.
Mick McCarthy felt his Sunderland side had no chance to get anything out of their trip to Liverpool once Andy Welsh was sent off.
The Black Cats winger was ridiculously showed a straight red card by referee Barry Knight after clashing with Luis Garcia and it meant an uphill struggle for the visitors, as they were already trailing to Xabi Alonso's free kick winner.
Despite a spirited effort, the 1-0 defeat represents another loss for McCarthy's men.
"No points but a vastly improved performance," he told Sky Sports News. "I think for us to come to the home of the Champions League winners, a team fancied to finish very high, and play as well as we did is a vast improvement in performance.
"When people see that, they know that, but we haven't got any points which is disappointing.
"The annoying thing is we gave another stupid free kick away. We're in a different league now, playing some of the best players in the world and, if you give them the opportunity to shoot from 25 yards, then we'll get punished.
"We have again and that was the difference in the first half. They had more possession in the second half but never really hurt us and we had enough chances in the first half to have scored."
McCarthy was rightly upset with the decision to send off Welsh but managed to keep his temper with Knight at the final whistle.
"The sending off is difficult," he added. "I find it hard at times.
"Listen, we have a great bunch of lads and we want to stay up and do well but if we get decisions like that go against us, it's going to make it even harder for us.
"Barry Knight said he'd have the good grace to look at it and, when he does, he'll have the sense to rescind the red card because Welshy, my tough tackling left winger, throwing left hooks? I don't think so.
"We might have had a chance with 11 men but no chance with ten.
"It's easy to get very angry and irate and, if I do that, you don't get any sense out of the referee and I'll probably get myself in trouble. There's no reason to go and berate him, I just asked him to have a look at it and he will."