FT: Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 – Magpies Fight back


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The good news is that Newcastle avoided getting beaten by Sunderland twice in the league this season for the first time in 40 years, and the bad news is that Newcastle were the better side in the second half, and equalized when Shola Ameobi expertly shot home a penalty for his 50th Newcastle goal, and the local lad showed he had the heart to stand up and be counted right there.

But Sunderland were the better side in the first half and Newcastle had an amazing escape after 20 minutes when a Kieran Richardson curling free kick hit the far post, and rebounded to Cisse who put the ball in the net, or thought he had but Kevin Nolan somehow cleared the ball off the line. An amazing clearance by our new boy, whop seemed to cover miles and miles this afternoon.

Then after 22 minutes Andy Carroll, who had an outstanding game for the Magpies, hit the cross bar with a looping header. This lad looks better with every game, and on this form he’s a starter next season, probably alongside Oba Martins.

But in the first half Sunderland were the better side and may have even been more than one goal ahead at the break, with a little more luck.

But Newcastle came storming back in the second half, because they knew that a defeat wo0uld be the worst possible result, and they picked it up a notch.

Newcastle were starting to play a lot better wth Bassong,. Taylor and Carroll outstanding, and it was Taylor on 68 minutes who made another surging run on the right hand side (isn’t right-back this lad’s best position?), and he was knocked off the ball by Malbranque, and the referee gave a penalty.

It looked rather soft and Sunderland fans will say it was a simple shoulder charge against Taylor, but Steven looked for the penalty and got it. We’ll take it, thank you very much.

Shola Ameobi stepped up, and there was more than a little trepidation in the Newcastle crowd, but the 6’2″ striker hit an unstoppable shot high into the net for his 50th Newcastle goal and the crowd went wild.

It was asking a lot for Shola to come into this game, and he looked well off the pace, but nobody can doubt his courage, effort and tenacity in this game, when he was hardly match fit. And Newcastle seemed to score a second goal when Carroll had the ball in the net but Ameobi had adjudged to have handled the ball.

Then on 73 minutes as Newcastle were surging forward for the winner, Kenwyne Jones had a great chance to put Sunderland ahead, but Harper made a wonderful stop and then Nolan fouled Malbranque just outside the penalty area.

Newcastle fans’ hearts were beating loud as that man Richardson took the fee kick, but he ballooned it over the bar to great cheers from the home fans.

Then on 78 minutes a good cross by Duff from the right gave Steven Taylor a free header at the far post, and he headed it forcefully towards goal, but it was blocked by Sunderland players.  Carroll headed the ball back across goal and Nolan ended up shooting wide from a narrow angle.

This was now a pulsating game with both sides looking for the winner, with Newcastle a bit more on top and pressing forward.

But they were also leaving themselves open at the back, and then Duff put in another great right wing cross that found Ameobi free on the far post, but he failed to control the ball when it seemed he just had to tap the ball home. Those are chances Owen puts home, and makes them look easy, but they’re not always as easy as they look.

With  7 minutes to go Joe made a good change in bringing on the speedy Lovenkrands for his home debut, with the Sunderland defenders tiring, and brought off Carroll, who looked the best Newcastle player today, and the lad got a great reception from the crowd. Andy earned his wages today.

Surely this lad will soon get an England Under-21 call-up soon, if he continues with this great form, and he’s such a handful for the opposing defense.

Basssong was great at the back today – what a player this lad is – and he’s as hard as nails as Jones found out late in the game,. Jones was surging through when Seb blocked him with a strong tackle, and kept upright as Jones smashed into a brick wall – which was Bassong.

Jones had to have lengthy treatment before continuing, but Bassong is like a man mountain at the back for Newcastle these days. What a buy!  Where are the French selectors?

Then on 86 minutes Sunderland should really have scored when Butt tried to head the ball back and Chopra intercepted the ball from Coloccini, and was clean through in the inside left position.

But instead of shooting he pulled the ball back for Jones, who was wide open, but his pass was wayward and somehow Newcastle saved the day, when it should have been a certain goal for the Black Cats.

The fact the lad was born and bred in Gosforth will no doubt be discussed by Sunderland supporters tonight in the pub.  😀

Newcastle went for the winner but then right after a full 5 minutes of injury time, Reid hit a crisp volley that whistled just a couple of inches wide of Harpers left hand post.

The whistle went to end a pulsating derby game, and it was probably a fair result, but with a little luck Newcastle could have taken all 3 points.

We still look too vulnerable in defense, but Nolan made a difference, and Ryan Taylor will be a very good addition to the squad, but we still need 3 more players in during the next 25 hours.

You cannot fault the lads this afternoon, because they gave it all they had, especially in the second half, and Ashley and Llambias looked like any other fans, as they went crazy after Shola scored with what was a terrific penalty.

If we show this spirit, and get in another few players we still have a chance to survive, but we cannot afford a loss in our next game away at West Brom next Saturday.

Comments welcome.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Xisco, Geremi, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar, Kazenga LuaLua, Tim Krul, Ryan Donaldson

Sunderland: Marton Fulop, Phil Bardsley, George McCartney, Dean Whitehead (c), Carlos Edwards, Steed Malbranque, Djibril Cisse, Kieran Richardson, Danny Collins, Kenwyne Jones, Anton Ferdinand
Subs: Daryl Murphy, Michael Chopra, Grant Leadbitter, Dwight Yorke, Andy Reid, David Healy, Nick Colgan

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: tbc



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402 comments so far

  • Michael12

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Next 4 home games

    Everton
    man u
    Arsenal
    chelsea

    yay

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  • Michael12

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #3

    I have never been 1st before, hardly an orgasm but nevertheless.

    Great game today, would have been great to have won it but I was entertained. The fans wanted attacking football and they got it yet they still complain. They now want winning football.

    Silly so called fans.

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  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m sorry Ed but if that was them giving their all and “all they had” then we’ll get relegated.

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  • JonnyNufc

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Michael maybe they want attacking football when we’re not a point off relegation ?

    Oh yes, how dare people complain about a side 1 point of bottom being lucky to get a draw with one of our relegation rivals.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    It may have been a good move to bring Lovenkrands on, but it should’ve been done much earlier, possibly even having him on from the start rather than Carrol.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Good commentary Ed. It was almost as if you were at the game. Well done. PS: This is the first time I have congratualated you. Normally, your views are cr@p.

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  • benrgoh

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    we should have brought on lovenkrands a whole lot sooner, possibly for duff who didnt look his sharpest today. he really would have given bardsley a game…

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  • keeganjr

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    WE NEED CRATIVITY IN THE MIDFIELD NOW!!!!!!!! i still think we should try too nick harewood from villa.. strong and quick forward.. bambi(ameobi) is still shit… good penalty tough

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    That was one of the better derbies btw

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  • Timmers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11

    JK’s decisions or not, we miss Martins. He is raw, and its the unpredictability and speed that oppositions hate. It has to be him and Carroll, Ameobi didnt develope like ppl thought he would and if Carroll isnt played i’d hate for the same thing.
    We all know we need players, and i have this horrible feeling that as i see no-where Taylor is confirmed ours. That Given and Insomnia will go with 1 min to spare and we’ll be left with an even smaller squad and no more buys. Quite who if anyone is lined up i’ll be interested to see but no new rumours today is worrying.
    Finally with out being a doom and gloom merchant today was a winable game i fear for the rest of the season. A gap of a few points is starting to appear now and i wont be happy until it reads in May –

    Newcastle
    ———————————————–
    Middlesboro
    Portsmouth
    W.B.A

    Still heres hoping for some more Nolan/Bassong signings……..

    (or Jack Bauer he could save us in 24 hours!!!)

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Joe Kinnear gets more embarrassing with every interview. Stuttering and stumbling through every uttered word. I don’t believe a word he says anymore and his summary of the match was miles away from the truth. There was minimal contact but it was never a penalty. Taylor kicked the kid and went over. Duff deserved a booking. They had two clear cut chances at the end and could have stolen it. We had some messy goalmouth scrambles and a dozen horrible final balls. Apparently all the decisions went against us again. I take it for what it was. A point in a derby game we dare not lose. But both teams were pretty horrible. Andy Carroll man of the match? I hope this isn’t the future. Guts will only get us so far.

    Kinnear summed it up with his tongue-tied gaffe – “thud and blunder”. Couldn’t have concluded better if he’d thought about it all day.

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #13

    p.s did any 1 see sir bobby unfortunately he looked as if he was getting a lot worse

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  • KevinHann

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle avoided getting beaten by Sunderland twice in the league this season for the first time in 40 years

    Sunderland must have a very decent record against us then 😛

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  • Michael12

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    If we were under Keegan this would have the greatest game of your lives. You So-called fans are fake. Go and support another team if you do not have a stomach for a hard grind.

    You must realise that no one forced you to support Newcastle indeed no one asked you to support them.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    beyethegreat, aye i say sir bob, so sad to see him in that state, the blokes a legend!

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  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Ya he didn’t look great did he. Legend though. That’s guts for ya. Great man, great gent.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Kevin. I has to read that three time to understand it 🙂

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #19

    beye – the only thing worse than our current plight is Sir Bobby’s condition. It is heart breaking to see.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Michael@12 years old. Most of us have no chaice about support the mags. So stfu!

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  • damostoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #21

    @bayethegreat,,de poor man still has massive love for de team,,respect 2 de man,,,,

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  • CMKing

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Bassong, Jonas and….Enrique were outstanding today. Nolan made a good debut.

    Considering the circumstances it was a good result, they had a full strength team out and we had our 4th and 5th choice strikers. Ameobi was woeful.

    Can’t believe some comments ive read about Kinnears subs. Edgar came on because Colo was INJURED. Were u not watching the game?

    Pretty clear to see we need 2 or 3 more bodies, who they will be i have no idea. Pretty much guarantee if theyve been mentioned on this site then it won’t be them.

    Think Ashely will back Kinnear tomorrow, which is fair enough, but Kinnear needs to go at the end of the season if we arent to be in the same situation next season.

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  • boater

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Before all the ‘Ameobi was shocking, Guti is amazing, Butt is too old’ boring predictable comments appear – here’s my alternative report…..

    OK…. you are not going to like this but today’s problem was….. wait for it…. Gutierrez.

    The shape of the midfield is like an inverse horseshoe… flat and inert in the middle with two pacey wingers who can’t cross and can only play grasscutter passes poked in to the box… we had two big front men and the only person who can cross the ball even semi-decently is Enrique… yes Enrique…

    Guti’s performance was Milner-esque today – saw more of the ball than anyone else and full of running, sweat and blood but totally unable to pick out a team mate in the final 3rd.

    He pranced back and forwards so much when he should have played early, played square balls behind people and had 20% of his passes been more successful we would have won it.

    Martins is the man to transform our play and to give us the much needed cutting edge we hopelessly lack to turn draws into deserved wins.
    We could have used Geremi today instead of running… as as much as you refuse to admit it… one excellent cross in 90 min is worth more than an entire game of running up and down the flanks with no end product.

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  • DJG

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #25

    He left Given no chance with that!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #26

    16.15 Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear says Shay Given’s move to Manchester City is still some way from going through due to unresolved ‘haggling’ between the two clubs.

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  • Michael12

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Issac Hunt: There is always a choice. I live in London yet I support Newcastle. Nor am I from Newcastle yet I show such loyalty.

    You have informed us that if you had a choice you would support another team.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #28

    djg: You in a parallel universe mate?

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Will all of you critics of Jose Enrique wind your neck in !
    For chriist’s sake, he played a wonderful game today !
    What do you all expect ?

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Michael12 – I used to think you were a sensible lad but you make less and less sense everytime I see you post at the minute.

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  • J

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    JFK mentioned about 2 new players hopefully come in.

    I wonder who?

    Keane aint playing at ALL today for Liverpool?

    He would be awesome buy.

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  • migmarra

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #32

    DUFF, BUTT and AMEOBI are all Shite!

    Even though Ameobi scored, i thought he had a crap game. But it was a very very lucky draw and we probably deserved it, i would have taken that before the game.
    We defo looked like relegation material in the 1st half though. How come we only play well for one half of a game at a time????
    There is a severe lack of quality and creativity in the side (i.e. like a James Milner?) and I hope the supporters nearest to fat ashley told him how much a w!*%er he is!!!

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  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Given is clealry misserable, we’ve crushed his soul so many times all ready in this season alone.
    The fact that he probably has gotten more MOTM then any of our other players put together so far this season says it all.
    If we keep him, well it’s not fair on him now is it.
    We owe it to him to let him go.

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  • bowburnmag

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Kinnear is talking about neither outgoing as being definite but that two will hopefully come in. Clearly one of them is going to be Taylor. If Given and Zogs go then we are still down to some severe bones.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #35

    I thought Bassong, Jonas, Carroll and Enrique has superb games today!
    Ameobi was terrible in the first half, and only the fact that he held nerve to score the pen saved him from bad reports.
    Nolan gearing the lads up at kick-off was great to see and he worked his socks off today.
    I thought that Enrique and Jonas worked perfectly together and Jonas’ 2nd half performance was wicked.
    Harper pulled off some good saves, and his distribution already proved to better than I’ve seen from Given in many a year. Nice to see him come out for some catches as well.
    I thought some of Butt’s passing was great today, but he had an average game. While Steven Taylor is MOST DEFINITELY better at RB than CB!!!
    I think if this had have happened earlier in the season we would probably have been touting at a great performace from the team, but at this stage of the season we really needed to be scoring some of those attempts. We desperately needed 3 points today, and hope this isnt the best we can give, because I have to say that we will go down if it is – not because it wasn’t a good performance, but because we need wins – even ugly ones right now.
    Still can’t call whether we will stay up or not, but I would like to think that there are worse teams than us out there.

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  • Alanmc09

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Hugh-
    I agree bassong enrique jonas and nolan playd class

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #37

    If I had a choice I would definitely support another team. Trouble is I was born a Geordie. One nation under one shirt, and that shirt is black and white. We can say what we like about the toon – good, bad or indifferent. It don’t belong to Ashley. It belongs to us. The streets don’t belong to the council, they belong to us.

    I’ve had too much to drink. I’m off for a quick Kip.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Reillers we dont owe it to anyone! And in fact if he now stays after trying everything under the sun to leave, I would be more than pissed off if Harper lost the No 1 jersey again!!

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  • Paul141726

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Several more thoughts about the players today. In another thread, I didn’t mention Jonas’s crossing or lack of it because most of his attacks were ended when he tried to lay the ball off to someone else and they either didn’t read the pass or in some cases it was just not placed well. Plenty of blame to go around though. Also, even if it was his first appearance I was OK with Nolan and he will get better. His off-the-line clearance saved our asses.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 1, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Really, after todays display, Newcastle are too good to be relegated,
    Realise that you stupid clots.
    The second half of the game showed what spunk and belief the players have in our team.

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