Let’s all laugh at Sunderland! Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle.

Can this lot be the best of the rest?

Raylor celebrates the winner at Sunderland.
Today we saw everything the defines a local derby. Guts and glory, blood and thunder, tough tackles and tight play. It was there for us all to see.

And you want to know the best thing? We beat the scum in their own back yard again. Steve Bruce will have to upgrade his CD player to a more technologically advanced medium if he ever wants us to hear the song he has in waiting for us. Tosser.

Newcastle made one change for the game as Demba Ba dropped out allowing Gabriel Obertan to make his full Premier League debut whilst the hosts remained unchanged from the 1-1 draw with Liverpool as Asamoah Gyan recovered from the injury he picked up last week and was proved fit enough to start.

It was Sunderland who edged the early exchanges. Spurred on by a rare full house at the Stadium of Light they set about taking the game to their local rivals. Chances followed but they were unable to convert them through a combination of poor finishing and poor final ball with a bit of bad luck thrown in for good measure. Not that I minded that of course.

Eventually the initial onslaught subsided and Newcastle managed to even up the run of play a little. To his credit referee Howard Webb tried his best to allow the game to run, but with the amount of tackles flying in it was only going to be a matter of time before he produced his wallet from his top pocket. That is about all of the credit I will give Webb however.

You see I dislike Howard Webb. I cringed when I saw it was he who was officiating the game this afternoon. I was proved right halfway through the first-half when Webb and his linesman managed to somehow not see a blatant handball on the Sunderland goal-line by Seb Larsson.

Yohan Cabaye fred in a deep corner which Joey Barton headed towards goal. His effort was cleared over the bar by Larsson’s hand which resulted in a mass protest by the Newcastle players. They had a point aswell. It was obvious without the need of a TV replay although they confirmed what was initially thought. Had it been spotted then Sunderland would surely have been down to ten men and would have had to face a penalty.

Having said that, Newcastle were also lucky to finish the half with a full compliment of players after Yohan Cabaye smashed through Phil Bardsley with raised studs. The former Lille man had been getting stuck in accordingly throughout the match and deserves to have shaken off any notion of him being a tackle dodging Frenchman, but his foot was knee high with studs showing. In the end both teams were fortunate so I guess they cancel each other out although the handball was certainly the clearest offence and the one that left less to interpretation.

In terms of goalmouth action in the first half there wasn’t too much to report. Most of the action was restricted to long range efforts as Sunderland threatened twice from Asamoah Gyan and once through Stephane Sessegnon who was denied by Tim Krul with a fine reflex save. In return Yohan Cabaye had a decent shot for us but it was never really in danger of beating Mignolet in the Sunderland goal whilst Shola Ameobi headed wide from point blank range although he was flagged offside so it wouldn’t have counted anyway.

There were no changes at half-time and the second half got under way in much the same way as the first as the home crowd frothed and fizzed their team on. Their onslaught didn’t last as long as the first half though and Newcastle soon started eeking their way into the game.

Gabriel Obertan, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez were all much improved from their first-half performances, and it was the latter of three who had a hand in the goal when he was brought down by Lee Cattermole. Ryan Taylor despatched the resulting free-kick over the despairing Simon Mignolet and into the top corner of his net to send the away fans into raptures.

From then on you could see the heads drop on the Sunderland players. It was joyous. From then on it was as if we were the home side and they were the away side as we took control of the game and even threatened to extend the lead thanks to the pace of Gabriel Obertan and hold up play of Shola Ameobi as Sunderland grew more and more desperate.

That desperation boiled over into frustration in the last ten minutes as Phil Bardsley rather ferociously tackled Fabricio Coloccini. It was late and was only worthy of a yellow card, but it was his second yellow card of the game and, as we all know, that meant he was off. It didn’t matter anyway as Newcastle saw out the game with relative ease and arguably should have wrapped it up after good work from Ameobi sent Gosling clear on goal only for Mignolet to deny him.

Not to worry. 1-0 will do for me and that’s the way it stayed.

I thought Tim Krul was good today. He made a couple of cracking saves and looked confident when he had to deal with anything. Ryan Taylor did alright again as cover at left-back and will obviously go down in derby day folklore thanks to his goal today. Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini were once again very good together whilst Yohan Cabaye did what he had to do diligently and got stuck in when needed. I wonder if he’ll be the top tackling Premier League midfielder for a second week running?

Gabriel Obertan improved in the second half, as did Joey Barton and Cheik Tiote. Shola was also very good today and caused the Sunderland defence no end of problems with his hold up play and running although he did also manage to be normal Shola on occasion and cause frustration. My wife thought I’d been stabbed when he missed that header!

Also I think Alan Pardew deserves a pat on the back for this one. It’s been a tough week for him and he has been on the end of some criticism from fans, but I think he called the tactics pretty much bang on today. You’re very rarely going to dominate an away match in the Premier League, and our tactics were setup specifically to nullify Sunderland and take advantage on the break. We saw that in the second half.

So bragging right are still ours then I see? No change there then really…

Two games, four points, no goals conceded. Why the drama? Just kidding!

Howay the lads!

Sunderland: Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardsley, Kieran Richardson, Anton Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson, Jack Colback, Ahmed Elmohamady, Stephane Sessegnon, Asamoah Gyan.

Subs: Kieran Westwood, Titus Bramble, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham, David Vaughan, Louie Laing, Ji Dong Won.

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Leon Best, Dan Gosling, Demba Ba, Peter Lovenkrands, Sylvain Marveaux.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 47,751

213 thoughts on “Let’s all laugh at Sunderland! Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle.

  1. Why do Georgie Thompson and Charlotte Jackson always get talked up as the women of Sky Sports and get the hosting roles on other shows when it’s clear Sarah Jane Mee and Natalie Sawyer are by far the most attractive women Sky have?

    I mean, they are no Shelly Martinez but still… jesus christ.


  2. There are rumours now already that we’re touting this derby victory in an effort to sign Davide Santon from Inter Milan on a season loan with a view to a permanent buy for Β£5m.

    If we could get that, then Cissokho and Pieters can do one, Santon is hugely rated in Italy, a country that loves its defenders, and he is equally as comfortable at left or right back. I think he’s one of those weirdos who don’t prefer a side to use.


  3. Santon is weird, he has huge potential, but he has only played 40 times for Inter and that’s mainly a substitute role – but he already has 7 caps for Italy. A weird club to country appearance ratio if there was one.

    If we can get him cheap though, his price is going to triple over the next few years.


  4. Evening all. Still beaming πŸ˜€

    Sorry I couldn’t get an article out this evening as I had to go to work. Off forba few days when I finish though so normal relentless service will be refined 😈


  5. Resumed even.

    On an off topic note been told that I’m an excellent driver by someone who then gave me a 10 quid tip. Then I got told I look very sophisticated by some young posh lass. Nice πŸ˜€


  6. Big Dave, I guess you can say the two Kyle’s at Tottenham are similar to Santon in that respect. They rarely ever play for Tottenham but are sniffing about the England team. It makes the national teams look silly when they pick players who can’t even get in their club teams.

    Yeah, he seems to have everything we liked about Erik Pieters but is younger, higher quality and from a sound defensive nation.

    Speaking of previous transfer links, anyone see my message earlier about Erik Husklepp? He signed for Portsmouth for Β£1.5m. We said he was too expensive when we went for him, lol.


  7. Off to Majorca for 14 days tomorrow, hopefully will bump into a few mackems πŸ˜† πŸ˜†
    Hope when I return that we have signed a LB and Striker and sold none.
    Will continue to follow the blog whilst away like wor bobby.


  8. FJ well you know oversea players are cheaper,we offered Β£100000 for english based goalie,so we must have bid less than that for a oversea def πŸ™


  9. Ice – Aye its true. All I did was sit there and make engine noises to make it sound like I was driving before robbing the tenner from one of the blind kids whilst putting on a posh voice πŸ˜†


  10. TGS….I bet there won’t be as many of the feckers wearin scum tops at the airport as there normally are…..enjoy ya hols 😎


  11. Dave…aye got a taste for it in the army and always get at least 1 bottle for Xmas…..ya divnt get many pints oot of a bottle though πŸ˜†


  12. What a freekick from Ryan Taylor.

    I love Steven Taylor’s jig in front of the fans in an attempt to claim it.


  13. Big Dave,
    Fly out at 7am tomorrow mate. It will give me great pleasure waking the bairns up at 4am πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  14. TGS I dont think Wor Bobby has much class now that he is cold πŸ˜† but have a good one mate, and maybe if you stay for a yr we might have them players your looking for πŸ˜†


  15. Well a great day for Toonsy then…. tips, compliments from posh young lasses, a derby win already in the bag, and seems like the server stayed up! πŸ˜€ So I had a match commentary to come back from work to πŸ˜€

    Feel kinda sorry for Joey, though by all accounts he wasn’t at his best today… the guy is a magnet for controversy, most often of his own making, but today he’s just desperate to beat the mackems… and there just has to be some stupid story with a handball and yet another clueless ref…. always something to wind him up! FFS! It can’t be easy, really.

    I think Tiote is on a slow buildup, he will get his juju back…. needs to work out how to play with his teammates still (seems like not enough passing going on?). Pleased with him for not getting carded!!

    Where is Vuckic? Is Pards desperately trying to hide him till the end of the window? Excited to see more of Gosling.

    Cabaye sounds alright to me. Most tackles in the PL last week?? Hope Pardew can light a rocket under Obertan as it sounds like that’s what he needs.

    Coloccini…. ah…… a rock in defense and I just love the way he moves, so open and with those curly locks flowing down like some sort of Roman god…. I think I’m in love with Coloccini πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Was all for Williamson last year till Saylor’s last few appearances, where he shined…. pretty much won over now, seems like he and Colo are working well.

    And we may all have our own opinions, but however much we don’t rate our full backs, and despite being dispossesed of the ball for long periods during both games, bizarrely we have two clean sheets πŸ˜† And on a related note I think we’re starting to see what Jonas is all about too, and I’m glad because I always rated him, he’s an endurance machine!

    Ryan Taylor has a clean slate with me from this season, he’s done all right and that goal was bloody important.

    Four points, two clean sheets, hopefully more players to come, howay the lads!!! πŸ˜€


  16. richie,
    Port with stinking stilton and a lovely King Edward cigar………..perfect πŸ˜‰


  17. TGS….divnt smoke or like stilton….cheese and onion pringles acceptable? πŸ˜€

    Welcome to the drunk and happy club Susan :mrgreen:


  18. From one of the mackem message boards ❗ πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    My brother-in-law was pounding me with texts & Voicemails…..I am hiding behind my phone…..The Scum only sings when he is winning. I never rub it in as I have more class than these Newcastle Scum supporters. Living in the US I wanted to punch the C@nt Warron Barton(Old Newcastle defender) on Fox Soccer, thou I would have to buy a new telly…..

    Read more: http://www.readytogo.net/smb/showthread.php?s=54a7a522315fa32272980ccd241361f1&t=619368#ixzz1VbbAK7Mf


  19. Sky news reports rioting in sunderland. Looters from newcastle have got in to the stadium of light and taken the only thing worth taking – the piss.


  20. New signing jj hooper scored a hat-trick for the u 18s today v chelsea also :mrgreen: Say what you will about first team purchases but they are getting the youth side spot on i think


  21. I just watched our game on Football First.

    Two things:

    1. I was 100% wrong when I said Tiote was poor today. His last 30minutes made up for his flaws prior to that. He was awesome both on and off the ball in that period. He is a MASSIVE part of why we kept a clean sheet. I would give him 7/10.

    2. Cabaye was fantastic today! His running from start to finish put Sunderland under pressure and he made a number of crucial tackles. He was also the supplier of nearly all of our most promising pieces of play. I would give him 8/10.

    Very happy with the performance after re-watching it.

    Colo is immense and is hands down one of the top 5 defenders in the league. Awesome player.


  22. I reckon Shola was excellent today. Wasn’t given much of a chance and worked his socks off.

    Makes me sick to read some of the criticism he has got today.


  23. And NO ONE INJURED! It shouldn’t be such a big deal to get through a match without saying that. Long may it continue.


  24. I’m glad that Shola did well…. though sad that he was deprived of his penalty from the handball. You just know that would have gone in.


  25. What gets me collyflower face should keep his trap shut before they play us, makes himself look a right daft Cnut. Thought we done great the day but still need a Striker and LB. Erding signing for Rennes apparently.


  26. BD, ya right it’s great watching him squirm, thought the top of his heed was going to pop of today with high blood pressure. Love playing the scum


  27. ….off topic, but I had a reet mess to sort oot this morning,

    Must’ve happened lasneet when a was smerking a fag at mi back dooer.

    …fkn woke up this morning, heedache, small spot of blood next to the hinge side of mi back dooer, kitchen side.

    ….ahhh well, nowt.

    ….cup of tea, gan ootside for a fag……..
    …..ahhhhh, what’s that man.

    ….fkn frog’s manage te seek comfort in between the crevice of door and frame. Obviously overlooked the little fella last night some time. But fk me, I really didn’t want to deal with that, waking up hungover and hungry.

    ….I hasten to add, plenty of garlic and chilli powder made awld froggy boy a martyr, spreaded purdy damn fine on toast.

    …currently listening to Aphex Twin, should revive mi protein sensors for later.


  28. 11 days til the transfer market shuts – lets buy a prolific goal scorer and good left back and we are flying!!

    wonder who we are linked with in the papers 2mora morning haha


  29. Wouldn’t put too much in the santon talk. Italian media makes up more crap than the English does.

    There is more talk of us going for cissokho though. Wish we would go for pappas cisse instead of maiga. I guess we’ll see soon if we get any strikers in


  30. “Lyon
    Cissokho vers Newcastle ?
    Selon le Parisien, samedi, le latΓ©ral gauche international de l’Olympique lyonnais Aly Cissokho, 23 ans, est la nouvelle prioritΓ© dΓ©fensive de Newcastle, un club friand de Frenchies (Ben Arfa, Cabaye…). Selon le journal, une offre des Magpies ne devrait pas tarder Γ  parvenir aux dirigeants lyonnais. Elle avoisinerait 8 millions d’euros, soit le prix demandΓ© par l’OL pour laisser partir son joueur, liΓ© jusqu’en 2014, assure le Parisien. Cet Γ©tΓ©, Aly Cissokho a Γ©tΓ© annoncΓ© Γ  plusieurs reprises partant pour l’Angleterre. Avant Newcastle, Γ©taient notamment citΓ©es les “destinations de Manchester City et de Liverpool.”

    roughly translates to:

    Cissokho to Newcastle?
    According to Le Parisien on Saturday, the left side of the International Olympique Lyonnais Aly Cissokho, 23, is the new priority defensive Newcastle, a club fond of Frenchies (Ben Arfa, Cabaye …). The newspaper said an offer of Magpies is expected soon to reach the leaders Lyon. It was around 8 million euros, the price charged by the OL to let his players, linked to 2014, provides Parisien. This summer, Aly Cissokho was announced several times leaving for England. Before Newcastle were named destinations including Manchester City and Liverpool.

    this from l’equipe so im excited much πŸ™‚


  31. If the FCB wont spend €6M on Pieters, I’m sure he wont spend €8M for Cissohko.
    Gotta think cheaper peeps, much cheaper πŸ˜•


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