Richardson focus on Magpies
Kieran Richardson says Sunderland must focus on Newcastle after his hard luck story against Fulham.
Last Updated: 20/10/08 10:16am
Kieran Richardson says Sunderland must focus on the derby with Newcastle United following his hard luck story against Fulham.
The Black Cats were held to a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with Richardson coming closest to earning his team three points.
A first-half free-kick struck both posts before rebounding back on to the upright off Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer before Richardson had a second-half set-piece harshly ruled out.
Richardson had wheeled away to celebrate that strike, and his earlier attempt, but insists his confidence will not be affected by his misfortune.
"It feels like I am the unluckiest person on the pitch," said Richardson.
"I wasn't even watching the first one - I was off celebrating because I was certain it was in. It didn't go in and that's it, but I don't think I'll ever be able to do that again.
"For the second, I have seen the replay and there was nothing in there for the referee to blow for.
"The referee says Pascal (Chimbonda) was pushing into the wall and it was a bit harsh.
"I was off celebrating both of them. It was a bit embarrassing."
He added: "My chin isn't going down. It isn't going anywhere.
"This game has gone now and we move on to the next game, a huge one against Newcastle next week.
"We have to focus on that now, especially as we have not beaten them at home since 1980."