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The Black Cats manager hopes that his side can profit from refereeing decisions in the future after being denied two penalties in the 2-2 draw at home to Fulham on Saturday

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill believes his players are responsible for their own luck following the 2-2 draw at home to Fulham.

The Black Cats ended a run of three Premier League defeats in the game at the Stadium of Light, although they were denied two penalty appeals in search of the winner.

And O’Neill, who believes Sunderland should have had a spot kick for a handball against Philippe Senderos, wants to see his side create their own luck after their winless run.

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He told reporters: "The last four games we have played, we should not have been beaten in any one of them, and I defy anybody to disagree with me.
 
"We shouldn't have been beaten in any of the games. I suppose we have stopped the run of consecutive defeats, but really a little bit of luck, perhaps, might help.

"But most managers would probably say the same thing. We have got to change things ourselves."

Senderos conceded a penalty against Danny Graham which was converted by Craig Gardner to start the Black Cats' fightback.

The Switzerland international defender also appeared to handle the ball inside the penalty area as Sunderland searched for the win, and O’Neill was left frustrated by the failure to award a spot kick.

He added: "I preface everything by saying the referee has a really difficult job, a really difficult job, but if those are the directives, then stick with them, don't say, 'Well, maybe it wasn't, maybe it is'.

"Senderos put his hand round, he hit the ball with the hand and it changed course. It's a penalty, it's as simple as that."

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