The Reds went down to the Black Cats by a single goal from Darren Bent that deflected in off a beach ball.
By the laws of the game the goal should have been disallowed but Benitez has made it quite clear that the under-par performance from his players that came with it means the Reds have little cause for complaint.
“I think the referees and [referees chief] Keith Hackett know that a mistake has been made but I do not want to criticise because he is a young referee,” said Benitez.
“There are not too many referees around the world so if you have someone who has a passion and wants to be a good referee then the best thing to do is to just move on.”
“A lot of people are saying this but we will not be asking for this.”