FT: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 – Magpies survive



The Tyne Wear derby finished all square at one goal each after a pulsating second half in which both teams gave all they had. The first half had been shaded by Sunderland and they had the better chances in the game. Higginbottom drew first blood with a good header after 52 minutes but Milner equalized with a cross from outside the penalty area on the left after 65 minutes. Both goals were poor goals to give away.

Chopra then hit the cross bar with a header after 82 minutes and that’s when Sunderland could have won it. But in end a draw was probably a fair result, and each team gets something out of the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season. It was a hard fought pulsating game for the fans to watch.

The full match report follows:


It was a scrappy and tentative start start to the game with a few mistimed tackles early on .

15 mins – the first chance for Sunderland as Chopra puts a nice cross into the box but Ross Wallace on the left, puts the ball high over the bar – a half chance.

18 mins – a beautiful tacke by Faye as he takes the ball out of play on the right – Faye looks very strong at the back today

25 mins Norsworthy pulls a hamstring and Danny Collins, the Welshman, replaces him.

27 mins No team is on top since each seems to be nullifying the other right now

28 mins N’Zogbia put a beautiful cross over and Owen at the right hand post almost puts it home, but the ball is played out for a corner

31 mins – Newcastle pull out of defense quickly and Barton moves the ball through for Viduka, whose shot is blocked for a corner

33 mins – Harper makes a wonderful save from Chopra when he half blocks what looks like a certain goal, and from the follow-up Smith beautifully blocks the shot. Newcastle defended well but were lucky.

35 mins Faye is having a great game as he again cuts out a through ball from Sunderland, he’s exactly what Newcastle need today

37 mins Faye goes into the referee’s book for a foul on Jones – he was unlucky to get booked since it looked accidental

40 mins Newcastle need to get to half time with a clean sheet as Sunderland are coming forward

44 mins Harper makes a wonderful diving save to his left from a right foot shot from Michael Chopra, who has looked good for Sunderland

Half Time came with the teams very even for Sunderland shading the first half with more of the play and the better chances.
Play starts with no changes to either side.

47 mins – Faye just clears a Sunderland attack – he’s had a stormer so far today – keep it up

48 mins Harper saves a header from Jones following a cross into the box – there was no power on the header

50 mins Viduka brilliantly beats 2 Sunderland defenders and crosses but Owen cannot get on the end of it as the ball flashes across the Sunderland goal

52 mins GOAL Danny Higginbottom heads home for Sunderland to put them ahead – it’s Higginbottom’s first ever goal for Sunderland and some weak marking with 2 Newcastle defenders unable to get to the ball. Sunderland deserve their lead but Newcastle have to up the pace.

The goal came from a short free kick before the Newcastle defense could get organized and get back. Another poor goal to concede – how often have you heard that this season. A break down in Newcastle’s organization in defense.

Newcastle now have it all to do – a defeat is unthinkable but it will surely make this game a great one form now on

56 mins Emre gets the ball from Barton about 30 yards out and smashes the ball over the cross-bar

58 mins Milner is brought down in the box but the referee Atkinson turns it down – and it looks like he got it right

62 mins Faye goes off with a hamstring strain and is replaced by Habib Beye who goes to right back with Taylor slotting into the center

65 mins GOAL – an unbelievable goal from Milner – he lashes the ball across the goal from outside the box and the ball ends up in the net – where was the goalkeeper?

The ball travels low and goes in off a post and it’s a bad goal for Sunderland to concede – but it puts Newcastle right back in the game. It was a fairly lucky goal

66 mins – Jones lashes the ball wide from a great chance – he should have scored

68 mins Harper beautifully picks a cross out of the air under pressure from Jones – Steve’s having a solid game for Newcastle

69 mins Owen goes almost clear from Harpers resulting kick and he forces Gordon into a save low to his left

75 mins – it’s anybody’s game as both teams are attacking each other – the next goal can be vital

80 mins – the game is there for the taking if one of the sides can get a second goal – everything to play for in the last 10 minutes

82 mins – from a corner Chopra heads the ball against the cross bar – where was Harper? The Newcastle defense scramble the ball away but Newcastle were lucky to get away with more poor defending

83 mins Martins replaces Owen who goes for a 6th game without a goal for Newcastle and England

90 mins The referee blows the final whistle and each side come away with a little respect


Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Nyron Nosworthy, Ian Harte, Danny Higginbottom, Paul McShane, Grant Leadbitter, Ross Wallace, Dickson Etuhu, Carlos Edwards, Michael Chopra, Kenwyne Jones
Subs: Anthony Stokes, Liam Miller, Darren Ward, Danny Collins, David Connolly

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Charles N’Zogbia, Abdoulaye Faye, David Rozehnal, James Milner, Alan Smith, Emre, Joey Barton, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka
Subs: Jose Enrique, Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye, Fraser Forster

Referee: M Atkinson
Attendance: 48.000 sell out

21 comments so far

  • toonf4n

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    dont forget to reference nufc.co.uk for that:P

  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #2

    1st half Faye and Zog the best players.

    2nd half for a 10-15 minute period Baton took control of the CM and looked good,ceative and something we should take from the game. Maybe give him the Gerrard role and build around him? Even drifting right wing at times too.

    Zog and Milner on the left was interesting.

    Play was much better in the second half from the whistle, finally passing the ball and keeping the ball for short periods.

    Overall, it was a derby but I hope Sam has learnt from this game, shame about Faye’s injury.

    7 minutes for Oba was a joke tbh.


  • Pete

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Sam’s still not got a clue about tactics imo

  • joshi

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    We need a new tactical man, and transfer man. Sam can be a motivation man and fitness specialist man. We need 2 managers, then we would be awesome 😀

  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #5

    even bolton play bettter than us. U know why it’s frustrating? it wouldn’t be if i this team is made up of a team of nobodys- team made up of mediocre players. with the players with technical ability like us we shouldn’t be playing like this conceding silly goals.. making silly mistakes. sigh..

  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I think big sam has made promises he shouldn’t have made in the first place. i think he made promises to alan smith, barton and michael owen. Now he can’t back on his words.

  • DC

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    wsq – Bolton play better than us? Maybe ‘cos its Big Sam’s team and their playing the same formation as Sam did when Bolton manager 😐

    He needs time and wont do that under pressure! We got a draw, Sunderland were the better team, and the home team, the atmosphere was electric so boosted them even more. They scored first, and it was a good comeback.
    Played way better 2nd half. Faye/Smith were MOTM contendors imo.

    And why are people complaining about formations? Last season we were crying out for one under Roeder, and we’re doing the same with a tactician. 😕

    He needs time to turn this club around, REMEMBER last season we could of been down there. Martins kept us up tbh, and NOW we’re in the TOP HALF atm.

    FFS it is improving! everything about Newcastle has improved since the takeover – board room, staff, players, manager etc etc.

    Big Sams Black n white army!!!….

  • Ashton

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Fat sam is a f*&*ing TOSSER

  • joe

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #9

    No it is you ashton you retarded dumbass

  • Graham

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Before I start – i would love to see sunderland 17th every year in the premier league – just saved from relegation on the last day of the season…

    but we were ny far2nd best today – Ed you reckon that sunderland just shaded it in the 1st half… i would say we were comprehensively beaten in every position from front to back – apart from a 20 min spell in the 2nd half where we got a verey fortunate goal.

    Now on to tactics… or should i say the lack of them. Why play taylor at right back when you have a better right back in Beye on the bench? Why play N’zogbia at left back when you have no other natural left winger avaialbe but have a left back on the bench? Why leave it until 5 minutes before full time before bringing on our leading goal scorer when Viduka was knackered after an hour? And as for Smith just in fromt of the back 4… he didn’t do too badly but could have been far more effective 30 yards closer to goal.

    The commentators on Sky mentioned that Emre and Barton hardly ever got mentioned and pointed to the fact that balls were passing them by as the reason.

    We were lucky today, very lucky – we need to start to play football on the ground – for gods sake we have the players to do it!

    MoM – N’zogbia for getting forward in the 2nd half – thats about as good as it gets from me

  • yoshii

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    A good result for us, the mackems had far more chances to win it than we did. joey barton gave the ball away far to often, he’s looking for time on the ball that you simply don’t get in Deby games. Sam is doing all he can for a club that has been in a mess since they chased bobby robson. No shortterm fixes for instant success have ever existed in fooball, so Sam needs time and the patience of all supporters. Giving him stick shows people’s lack for knowledge and intelect.

  • nightfall

    Nov 10, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    we got 1 point out of last 3 matches…and it’s all BSA’s fault with his “tactics”… (zog on right, 4 CM, smith captain, owen captain, zog as LB, oba not playing, the bull not playing, rozehnal dropped, smith in first IX…) i don’t understand why you all praise smith for today’s performance…he made 5 good and 10 bad moves…he played 10 matches this season and wtf did he show? nothing worth of his wage and 6 mio… ‘cos of him better players are left off the pitch…and they will leave us if this continues…
    oh and ed – magpies survive? this is no succes…sunderland in no man utd…we should beat them…

  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashton your a real smart lad, gracing us with your smart and elaborate comments.

  • Newcastlefan

    Nov 10, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Sunderland probably had studied the team defence weaknesses on the portsmouth game. Thats why , they were able to hold the ball and press newcastle defence.

    Sam has the policy of getting as many as clean sheets as possible. Its good ,but more attention have to be paid on quick/creative counter attack to feed the front strikers.

    However, the defence is solid. Just a little bit of creativity in the midfield probably will gave us more chance.
    Joey barton are improving on every game, so does james milner.

  • Macas

    Nov 10, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Absolute rubbish. Zog wasted at left back as we again go to try and scrape a draw against a very poor Sunderland team. Now what does that say about us? Nobody on right wing to put Harte under pressure, Barton and Emre were poor, the attack non-existant, so why wait until just before the end to change it up front? Because Sam doesnt play to win away from home. Poor tactics, poor manager. And for those who say we’re better than under Roeder, Souness etc…wait until we have actually played some decent teams this season.

  • Leo

    Nov 10, 2007 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #16

    zog is wasted at left back like why if all of us supporters can see it can big sam not see it???

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Nov 10, 2007 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Bloody awful tactics, imho. Can’t win a match with players playing out-of-position, can we?

  • evildick

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #18

    a good result considering the pounding we took in the first half.

  • Sanman

    Nov 11, 2007 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Why do we have a midfield if the long ball is going to be played 90% of the match. Its just dam wrong to feed quality forwards with school field tactics.

    This is a bad team playing with bad tactics, who sometime win games. If Sam want the Newcastle fans to be patient then he needs to show he has the quality and determination to provide sucess. All I see is pig suborness.

    The midfield was composed of 1 loony, 1 unfit loony, 1 good but i take 30 seconds to make a pass and 1 young talent of the future. Its easy to work out who is who. Same old boring (ineffective) shit!. Good old Sam!


  • Haway man

    Nov 11, 2007 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashton get back on the metro to sunderland you treacherous SCUM

  • scotty

    Nov 11, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    His tactics are totally rubbish. I say the fans should be able to vote who they want to play and where. This man will never get the long term to put things right. He has a strong squad albeit not complete as we would like it to be but far deeper than it has been in years and he just experiments far too much to get any consistency out them.

    Zog imo is absolutely wasted at lb – the bull and beye should of started yesterday. Oba getting a few minutes on the pitch – these aren’t positive decisions. The football we are playing at the mo is no better than the last two muppets in charge – we can’t even string more than 5 passes together without giving it back to the keeper or launching it up field in a hit and hope stratedgy. I would love to see some good attacking footy but it just aint happening.

    I would love to see another right winger come in in Jan and hopefully we’ll see the real duff when he’s back fit soon. As much as i rate milner we need someone with a bit more pace.


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