The University of Sunderland Men’s Football 2nd’s coach, Matty Lyons, has criticised key refereeing decisions following his team’s 2-2 draw at home to Leeds Trinity University.

The Sunderland coach felt that the referee was consistently poor, giving decisions when he “wasn’t sure”.

Lyons took exception to Leeds’ first goal, saying: “Their first goal was ridiculous, it was offside by a country mile.”

The home coach was just as annoyed with Leeds’ second goal, blaming the referee for giving “a free kick where he wasn’t sure”.

Lyons insisted poor refereeing performances were becoming too regular, but insisted: “I think we were the better team.”

But he also claimed his side were wasteful with their chances, “should have had five goals” and that their performance warranted a better result.

“It was a great performance from the lads, the result wasn’t what we deserved.”

Lyons was also very happy with his team’s willingness to fight and the desire they showed in what was an extremely physical battle made harder by a lack of available substitutes.

“To a man, I praise them all. Because that was a sleeves rolled up and giving it a real good go type performance.”

The Sunderland 2nd team had lost successive matches coming into this game.

Lyons was positive, however, when talking about the future, believing breaking their losing run could see his team kick on and win more points in the coming games.

“It’s a confidence thing. We were on a bad run and that has stopped now.”