The Black Cats came away empty handed from Millwall despite taking the lead on the half hour mark through Marcus Stewart.
"Millwall deserved to win. It was a fair result although I felt both their goals went against the run of play," McCarthy said after the 2-1 defeat.
"We started the second-half better and before they scored I thought we might but that's football.
"It was a very competitive game and you find in matches like this there are heated exchanges and there could have been more bookings."
|Millwall ||2 ||Sunderland ||1 |
|Dichio 39, 62||Stewart 30|
|Nationwide League Division One|
Saturday 17th January 2004
|Match Statistics |
| || McAteer (64)||unsporting behaviour |
| || Whitley (72)||unsporting behaviour |
|Other Information |
|Cain, G ,Merseyside|