Alan Shearer suggests Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon is to blame for West Brom winner

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West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino scored the winner during his side’s 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon should have caught Chris Brunt’s cross which led to West Bromwich Albion’s winner.

The Black Cats travelled to the Hawthorns on Saturday looking to pick up their first victory of the season.

For long spells, they were more than a match for the Baggies but a lack of concentration in both boxes ultimately led to their downfall, despite newly-appointed boss Sam Allardyce’s complaints.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino scored the winner ten minutes after the restart, though it wasn’t without controversy as the youngster collided with Pantilimon and fired home the loose ball.

Allardyce was enraged by the decision and placed his side’s defeat firmly at the feet of the referee, yet former Newcastle United star Alan Shearer instead feels Sunderland’s number one was at fault.

Regardless of whether it was a foul or not, Shearer clearly feels Pantilimon should have done better and on further viewing the BBC Match of the Day pundit has a point.

The Romania international stands at 6ft 8inch and for a top-flight goalkeeper, there is no way he should have spilled a cross after being merely brushed by a striker standing at 5ft 11inch.

Whether it was a foul is largely irrelevant, Pantilimon should be in command of his area and any balls going into the six-yard box from wide areas should either be caught or punched to safety.

With his side’s confidence evidently low, Allardyce was smart to deflect the attention away from what is another defeat on the road and blaming the referee acts as a shield to his players.

On the training ground and away from the cameras, however, he should be having stern words with his number one and telling him he must do much better if the Black Cats are to avoid the drop.

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