Penalty woe for O'Neill

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Martin O'Neill was philosophical after seeing referee Howard Webb's howler deny Sunderland victory over Everton.

The official awarded a penalty after Leon Osman went to ground in the box six minutes into the second half, although television replays showed there had been no contact with any Black Cats player. Leighton Baines scored from the spot to cancel out Jack Colback's first-half opener, but O'Neill was quick to seek out Webb after the final whistle.

He said: "It's not a great decision by an otherwise top referee. I did speak to Howard. He hadn't seen it back - I obviously have had the advantage of seeing the incident back. Naturally, he must have thought there was contact. Clearly, there wasn't and it's obviously disappointing."

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Leon Osman
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