Newcastleâ€™s manager Sam Allardyce seemed quite happy that his side claimed a point after a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland this afternoon.
Given Newcastleâ€™s poor form of late, especially away from home, itâ€™s not too surprising that Sam would be satisfied with a draw, since it does end a run of two successive defeats.
A loss to Sunderland today would have been catastrophic for the Magpies.
Sam Allardyce – happy with an away point in derby game
Sunderland took the lead when Danny Higginbottom headed home in the 52nd minute when the Newcastle defense had been caught upfield and were trying to get back for a quickly taken Sunderland corner. Then Newcastle increased their tempo and then James Milner equalized from a wide position out on the left, with a low cross that crept into the net off a post.
After 82 minutes, former Newcastle player Michael Chopra hit the underside of the crossbar with a header, and Taylor was there to somehow clear the ball off the line. That was as close as Sunderland got to a win.
Sam said after the game:
“We deserved it for our response after going a goal down.â€ “The fear of going another goal down at that stage is the reason we picked our game up and took the game to Sunderland.â€
“I thought when we scored we might have gone on to get another chance and maybe win it.”
“Up to then, Sunderland outmuscled us and we couldn’t get our passing game going, but that happens in a derby match.â€
“In the end it was a fair result. We’ve gone behind, it’s away, it’s a derby and we haven’t lost.”
Sam will be happy with the away point, because there were also some good things to take away from the game from a Newcastle viewpoint. The defense was a lot lot better than last week and Abdoulaye Faye was outstanding at the back, before he had to go off in the second half, after he strained a hamstring. We hope it’s not too serious.
The back four played quite well but they gave away another poor goal. Emre had a good game for Newcastle and Barton looked better than last week and got a lot more of the ball in this game.
But our next game will be a big challenge, at home to Liverpool in 2 weeks time, with another early 12:45 pm kick off.