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Sunderland boss O'Neill reopens feud with Newcastle's Pardew

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has continued his feud with Newcastle United counterpart Alan Pardew after Sunday's bitter derby.

The two dismissals were both Sunderland players - Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon - and Pardew was critical of the Black Cats' tactics in the match.

O'Neill disagrees, however, and told BBC Newcastle: "The half-time stats are a total contradiction to what their manager said. They've twice the number of bookings we have, and twice as many fouls.

"It was an extraordinary analysis of the game, and that's what I've set out to defend, as much as anything else.

"You think you've watched the game, given a reasonable analysis, certainly your own viewpoint, Then you hear the opposition manager saying that Sunderland had a game plan to upset them, to unnerve them, to basically - and he used the word 'ugly' - attempt to kick them off the pitch."

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