Shola saves the day! Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Shola the impact sub?

Shola slays the Mackems. Again.
Well I’ve finally calmed down enough to get writing a match report. I don’t blame the derby itself, I blame the hugely biased commentary from ESPN, but then again I suppose that was always going to happen with Chris Waddle behind the Mic!

I’m just glad there was two “pelanties” in the match as it showed up his general level of intelligence.

Aside from that annoyance, the 146th Tyne-Wear derby was played out with the usual display of passion and commitment – a term you can only loosely apply to classless Sunderland who ended the match with ten men and made it down the tunnel with nine men courtesy of Lee Cattermole attacking referee Mike Dean. On top of that their fans rioted on the Metro on the way home and smeared their own faeces over the walls of the toilets in the away end. Whatever floats your boat I guess. Anything to make them feel at home…

The thought of someone handling their own crap is actually disgusting, but it honestly doesn’t surprise me as far as these vermin are concerned.

On the match itself, taking my rose-tinted specs off for a second, I think a draw is probably a fair result. Sunderland dominated the first half while Newcastle dominated the second, even before Stephane Sessegnon raised his arms and connected with Cheik Tiote leaving Dean with no option other than sending off the Benin international. After that there was only one team in as Newcastle penned Sunderland back into their own “pelanty” area, but it took until injury time for a breakthrough to be found. We’ll save that until later though.

Lee Cattermole set the tone for the match by scything down Cheik Tiote and receiving a yellow card in the first 40 seconds of the match. It could have been a red and I wonder if it puts any credence behind the rumour that he was shouting “I’m going to get you” at Cheik Tiote in the tunnel prior to kick-off?

The match then became a very “committed” affair with both sides putting some tasty challenges in. However from there it was Sunderland who got a foothold in the game and applied the pressure while Newcastle tried to continue the battle of tackles. Perhaps it was a case of us being too “committed” and not concentrating on the football?

Sunderland took the the lead thanks to a “pelanty” from Nicklas Bendtner awarded after Mike Williamson tugged Michael Turner’s shirt in the “pelanty” area. Personally I have no complaints about the award, my only complaint is that those kind of decisions aren’t awarded often enough, which might put a stop to the continuous shirt pulling we see in pretty much every Premier League game. Still, Mike Dean has form for this kind of decision as showed when we played Stoke at the Britannia earlier on in the season.

Sunderland continued to press and harass Newcastle with the home side unable to get any kind of foothold in the game. Whenever the ball was cleared it just came back at us, it always fell to a red and white shirt. However with ten minutes of the first-half left the home side started playing a bit of football and showed that they could get at Sunderland by playing their own game. Fabricio Coloccini forced a smart save from Simon Mignolet while Demba Ba struck the crossbar from a header.

Half-time: Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

I don’t know what was said at half-time or what was done by Alan Pardew, but it worked. What I do know is that goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman was sent to the stand after an altercation in the tunnel caused by a member of the Sunderland backroom staff pinning Yohan Cabaye to the wall.

Newcastle started off the second half brilliantly and penned Sunderland in to their own half. A succession of corners proved fruitless however and the filth managed to finally get the ball clear. Hatem Ben Arfa – on at half-time for Davide Santon – was causing no end of problems for Sunderland and he provided us with some real cutting edge and productivity in attack. In fact Alan Pardew said after the game that it was the best performance he’s seen from Ben Arfa and that he had to find a way of getting him in the team.

Despite that though Newcastle nearly found themselves two goals down after being caught out on the break. Only a smart double save from Tim Krul prevented Seb Larsson and James McClean from extending the lead for the away side.

However Sunderland were soon to be eliminated as an attacking force when Stephane Sessgenon flung an arm at Cheik Tiote. Granted Tiote went down like he’d been shot, but rules are rules and they say that if you raise your hands you will get sent off. That means a three game ban for Sessegnon after his violent conduct.

Terrorised by Ben Arfa, Sunderland were on the back foot. I struggle to recall the ball even being in our own half from then on but Sunderland defended stoutly and put bodies on the line. It looked like it might pay off for them aswell!

Or would it? After several failed appeals for a penalty Mike Dean finally awarded one for the home side when Frazier Campbell rather stupidly slid into Shola Ameobi. Demba Ba stepped up to take the spot kick only to see it saved by Mignolet – the Senegal international later admitted that he changed his mind in the run up. Personally I’d have left it to Shola.

That penalty miss kind of deflated things and you could sense that Newcastle were starting to run out of steam. However they just about kept going and got their reward in injury time, and it was a name that Sunderland fans must be sick of seeing who stole the Sho! Yohan Cabaye crossed from the left and Mike Williamson flicked the ball towards Shola Ameobi at the back post who duly applied the finish and half-volleyed past Mignolet to send St James’ Park into raptures.

For the Cabaye bashers, it will go down as an assist to Mike Williamson, which is the problem when you look purely at assists.

For the statto’s out there, and this is a mad one, it was Shola’s 7th goal against the Mackems – a figure only beaten by Wor Jackie Milburn!

Huge sighs of relief all round then, but amazingly the home side could have won it at the death and, had the loose ball not fallen to the feet of Mike Williamson, we might have done. Unfortunately he was just unable to control the ball at the vital moment and Sunderland hacked the ball behind for a corner.

Full-time: Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

Further drama ensued after the final whistle when Mike Dean dent of Lee Cattermole for foul and abusive language. I’d suggest that he shouldn’t even have been on the pitch long enough to be able to gob off at the ref but hey ho.

A draw on the face of it is a disappointing result, but you have to be pleased with salvaging a point in jury time to avoid defeat against your fiercest rivals. That’s us unbeaten against them since we returned to the Premier League – a poor record for a club who profess to be “light years” ahead of us.

Howay the lads! Thanks for the four points!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi

Sunderland: Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardlsey, John O’shea, Michael Turner, Kieran Richardson, Seb Larsson, Lee Cattermole, Craig Gardner, James McLean, Stephane Sessegnon, Nicklas Bendtner

Subs: Craig Gordon, Wayne Bridge, Matt Kilgallon, Jack Colback, David Meyler, David Vaughan, Frazier Campbell

Attendance: 52,388

145 thoughts on “Shola saves the day! Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

  1. SJP….to be fair, I’ve scored more in Europe than 5under1and….we’re not talking about football, right? πŸ˜† …I think Icepup will be catching me up now though πŸ˜‰


  2. na i treat women with respect as my mam told me thats someones daughter………

    i wont tell U what my dad told me !!!!!!!


  3. Unfortunately I was at work 7-7pm yesterday so got to see npet of the match live but was obviously following it as best I could, along with the mackem I work with … has little face at full time was a treat – especially with Catermole being sent off πŸ˜†

    If last week felt like a defeat, this week almost felt like a win in a way. But I agree, when the dust settled a draw was probably the right result.

    I did watch the game on MOTD2 last night and agreed with them that the ref had a very difficult job but did very well in allowing the passion of a derby without it boiling over into a disgrace.
    The first half wasn’t great but I thought Pardew made a very smart and brave change switching Raylor to LB and bringing Benny on for Santon.
    I thought Benny really got at Sunderland and ripped Richardson apart. The only thing I’d change about that lad is to look up!! he floats passed people with ease but then also seems to go for glory and if he just looked up at times he may find a colleague in a better position he can set up for a tap in. Other than that, he looks ready to me.
    I certainly think we can take more from game than our dirty counterparts. The fact that we never stopped playing til the final whistle, the fact we finished the game with 11 players and the fact we saw the passion we needed to from players and managers alike … Christ even Ashley cracked a smile at one point.
    I also think that the way Pardew and Oneil conducted themselves after the game was commendable. Silly things happened during the 90mins but when alls said and done there was still a respect shown.
    Concerns – 1st half, same old same old – a midfield that sat too deep, too defence minded and couldn’t create a bloody thing. Balls pumped up and the front line couldnt hold the ball up. Other concerns, good lord Williamson!!

    Over all though, a pretty positive 2nd half, a well earned point and Colo and Krul signed up. We’ve had worse weeks πŸ˜›


  4. Pup….I always treat them with respect…cough cough :mrgreen: Just ‘cos I look like the singer out of Bad Manners, doesn’t mean I have them πŸ˜†


  5. i look like i am from some bloody gay boy band

    they trust that look :mrgreen:

    😈 😈 😈 😈 😈


  6. DAVE come on now,ime known as honest john mate,richie still trying to find out what the word means πŸ™‚


  7. Pup…whey I didn’t want to say like πŸ˜†

    Ya can shag wor lass, but divn’t call me pint a puff πŸ‘Ώ πŸ˜†

    Ice….I’m as honest as they come 😈


  8. Oh my.. people please think of Army’s reputation, he just got married to another woman!! I need to put another yoga avatar up. Cisse looks really strange on the yoga blogs πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Pup, I don’t mind what a seedy character you are, as I’m sure you would’ve set this dickhead barman straight for me, I had no support at all as he stood there telling me it wasn’t a big match πŸ‘Ώ


  9. na big dave i didnt know lol but i will becareful from now on 😯

    richie its alreet mate say what u want……………i aint gana argue


  10. It’s a good job I’m too stupid to know when I’m being insulted or my feelings could be getting hurt here πŸ˜₯


  11. susan after your mission to destroy one owners bisness via every world wide bar review site i think i am just going to agree with u :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

    next time unscrew all the ball cocks from the toilets and watch his place flood….. 😎


  12. I will refrain from cracking a joke about the last line in Pups comment…..what with me being a gentleman and all that :mrgreen:


  13. Susan @ 91 that sounds funny as anything I havent heard anyone using dickhead in yonks πŸ˜† πŸ˜† . he really did annoy you, but I think you were maybe too good for a place like that πŸ˜‰


  14. Richie @ 96 πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I was waiting for you while refraining mesel πŸ˜‰

    Ice I heard he was moonlighting on you, with a big church roof of lead


  15. Whey…I’m off to do some online hoose hunting….back to square 1 πŸ‘Ώ
    Laters lads n lasses πŸ˜€


  16. Richie @ 97 thank you πŸ˜‰

    Er yeah Pup….. I can assure you I won’t be doing anything with balls and cocks in the toilets. Especially when there’s a match to watch! πŸ˜†


  17. DAVE thought he would be about by now,he had a opp on what everyone
    thought was a wiithered hand low and behold it wasnt he had the mid-wifes gold ring in there,he must still be upset hes lost it πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  18. DAVE aye theres not many like good owld batty——————-thank god for that πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  19. Dave, I fixed it sorry!! πŸ˜€
    Actually, thanks to you and Army for sticking up for me when that troll was giving me a hard time after the Fulham match πŸ˜‰
    I did read the rest in the morning!


  20. Susan not a prob πŸ˜‰
    As for Santon I haven’t heard owt about him, but have a funny feeling that he maybe had a niggle or something, I thought we might have heard today πŸ˜•
    Ice I think Cisse was just too much too soon for him


  21. I don’t think you can blame Cisse for being a bit dazed by a match like that, he just got here 😯

    Right, good night lads and cheers πŸ˜‰


  22. Batty @ 122 thats what I was saying to Richie @ 104 πŸ˜†
    Batty 😯 😯 😯 😯 @ 20 and 21 πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  23. Batts I used to have a few good videos of bare knuckle fighting but cant find them, I think I lent them to someone that never returned them πŸ‘Ώ


  24. anyone know if the reserves were playing earlier and how the match went? abeid and gosling played, so am curious.


  25. typical, didn’t read the page properly and so am 30 minutes after everyone’s gone πŸ™„ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜†


  26. never mind they got hammered 4-0 by villa reserves 😯 , the team’s been shite since beardsley was given his new job. definately need a clear-out of the poor ‘fringe’ players. reet i’m pretty tired, see you tommorrow who ever is there.


  27. Just got back in from the pub and off to bed, but as I drove up to the match on Sunday, heard the Radio Newcastle interview with Pards, he said the only player he was concerned about was Santon. he said he may have played in the Milan derby, but he was a young lad and not convinced he understood what our derby was all about. Hoped he would be guided through, but not that sure.

    To be honest, I thought Raylor did a better job than him on Sunday. Sure Santon will come good and has looked alright up to now, but maybe he needs a bit more time the same as Jose did. Think he will end up better than him, but needs the time to settle


  28. Dave..I did see some comments from you and Batts before they were promptly deleted, Army’s is still there though, he must be in the “clique” πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†


  29. Strange experiance the derby. Couldn’t get near a picture, could only drop into text. 1st look full of excitement we 1-0 down. Next chance I get we’ve missed a penalty. SH**. So thinking we’ve lost I get onto the blog late in the evening to find we drew, thank you Shola, but I’m reading drunks slagging off everybody and everything. Next day the review is positive and the discussion constructive. Still not seen match or even highlights. What to think? Shall I dig out some highlights?


  30. This red/yellow card business is farcical. 5under1and pick up a few of them against us either because they have kicked the sh*t out of us, and left us injured or because we have frustrated them so much they’re all wound up. Who reaps the advantage when they’re banned? The f****** scousers! Where is the sense and the justice in that? I’d like to see a sin bin. It would be deed exciting, bringing a whole new dimension.


  31. Someone has just suggested to me that the faeces-smearing story isn’t true. What’s the evidence for this?


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