Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 – Last Minute Sunderland Equalizer


Newcastle went a full 4 minutes into injury time, looking like they had secured another great win against Sunderland this afternoon, when they were deservedly ahead 1-0 -through a goal from Nolan after 52 minutes, until Gyan equalized to save the Sunderland blushes.


The game started at a blistering pace, and just like at Wigan, after just 2 minutes Shola Ameobi missed a glorious chance for Newcastle.

Ameobi was clean through on the Sunderland goal, and as Gordon came out, Shola poked it past the post – he wouldn’t get much a better chance than that – and it was bad miss by the local lad and Newcastle should have taken the lead very early in this game.

But then Bent went through for Sunderland after 6 minutes and only a great save by Steve Harper, whop blocked the shot with his foot, kept the scores level.

Newcastle started the game like a proverbial steam train and an early goal could well have lifted them and demoralized Sunderland but it was clear that both teams had shown up for this game – and it was a typical red hot Wear Tyne derby.

And after 11 minutes following a Newcastle corner, the ball fell to Coloccini and he seemed to have scored, but Richardson kicked the ball off the line for a corner.

So Newcastle had almost scored 2 goals in the first 11 minutes of the game, and it was clear the first goal was going to be all important.

It was clear what the Newcastle tactics were going to be, as they took every opportunity to put high balls into the Sunderland penalty area, even though Andy Carroll was not playing, and watching from the stands.

After 15 minutes Sunderland started to gain the upper hand, and Newcastle had to defend well with Steve Harper in particular looking strong in the Newcastle goal, as he saved well again by turning the ball around his right hand post.

After 35 minutes Alan Smith injured his ankle, as he immediately signaled he could no longer continue. Both Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling warmed up, but rather surprisingly it was Danny Guthrie who got the nod from Alan Pardew, so we hoped Guthrie would do better than his appalling performance last out at WBA.

But this would also be a big chance for youngster, to show what he could do for Newcastle.

Towards the end of the first half, in which Joey Barton was yellow carded by World Cup Final referee Howard Webb, but Webb had kept a firm grip on the game and was not over-reacting to some of the tackles.

Newcastle came more into the game in the last 10 minutes but at half time, after a blistering first half the scores were still level at 0-0.

On 52 minutes, Newcastle went ahead and yes,  it was from a Newcastle corner by Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan flicked the ball into the net for his 10th goal of the season and it was 1-0.

Newcastle had played this game very well, and were on top in that second half,  but of course a 1-0 lead is always precarious,  and a second goal is what Newcastle  really wanted to kill the game.

But it didn’t come and Sunderland were not finished although Newcastle held onto their 1-0 advantage until the 90 minutes when referee signaled a full 5 minutes of added time.

And would you believe after 4 minutes Gyan scored the equalizer for Sunderland after Harper could only block a shot and the ball basically cannoned of Gyan, who didn’t know much about it.

Steve Harper who had otherwise played well, should have done better with the shot from Phil Bardsley, that allowed Gyan to snatch a point Sunderland hardly deserved.- but that sometimes is the run of the dice.

But it is like 2 points lost by Newcastle at the death, and a great chance to do the double over their rivals today.

It was a huge chance lost – and although a draw was a decent enough result – it wasn’t when the lads were one minute away from winning this game.

That last minute goal certainly saved the Sunderland fans’ blushes, and it deprived Newcastle from getting three successive league wins,  for the second time this season..

But this Newcastle team played another great game today and all that was missing was the win, and unfortunately the Sunderland goal has to go down as a defensive mistake, and that will hardly please Alan Pardew.

Newcastle got the draw, but were again the better side, and it will seem a bit like a defeat having been so close to another win against Sunderland.

But nobody will dispute the fact that Newcastle were the better side in both the derby games this week – not even Sunderland fans – if they are honest.

Now to hammer Tottenham next Saturday.

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Comments welcome.

Teams etc:

Sunderland: Gordon; Onuoha (Zenden, 76), Bramble, Ferdinand, Bardsley; Elmohamady (Colback, 89), Henderson, Richardson, Malbranque; Bent, Gyan.
Subs: Mgnolet, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Reid.

Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Smith (Guthrie, 36), Gutierrez, Gutierrez (Gosling, 90); Best (Lovenkrands, 89), Ameobi.
Subs: Krul, Routledge, Perch, Ranger.

Goals: Nolan 52, Gyan 90
Bookings: Barton 36, Richardson 36
Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

Attendance: 47,864 – sell out



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111 comments so far

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    4 POINTS OFF SCUM IS NOT TO BAD.

    WHY DID PARDEW NOT BRING ON NILE RANGER FOR BEST WITH 30 MINS 2 GO ???

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  • Weatherman

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #2

    What a terrific performance by our lads.
    Everyone knows that we deserved to win that game but the mackems just got very lucky.
    Let’s look at the positives that we played out of our skins and the comitment we showed was first class, especially by barton coloccini and enrique.
    With carrol returning to the team in the next week we should be looking up the league table now instead of behind us.
    Proud of newcastle right now.

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Debateably out 3 best players – Carroll, Ben Arfa and Tiote – and none started today.
    Everyone of they boys put their all in today, they only benfitted from a jammy goal. I really can’t fault anyone playing today, and It’s wrong to blame someone for defeat – we were just unlucky. One more point towards survival.
    MotM – Coloccini – mint

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  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #4

    6-2 agg.

    We still win 😉

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Totally undeserved draw for the unwashed.
    We outplayed them for most of the game.
    They can go back to their caves feeling very very very lucky

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  • jjames

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    They were better at the ‘hoofball’ Ed! at times we played nice on the floor stuff!

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  • aoOjee

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Undeserved draw! btw, who was our 23? havnt seen him before, he actually looked like a threat a bunch of times! =D

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Haz why u moaning about subs he got it spot on today with Guthrie coming on it was a Jammy goal but we are 7 points from bottom three if we finish in top 10 I’ll be well happy good result we could have easily rolled over today but we showed we are and should be higher and bettr then scum

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m so upset. I dropped my beer when Gyan scored. but I can live with a draw and 6-2 on aggregate. Can the scum?

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  • Hughton Till I Die

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone else hear about harper at the end? Supposedly some dirty mackem fan ran onto the pitch and took him out.

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  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    No idea aoOjee. Think it was just that magpie on the pitch with some spray paint on it’s back like

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  • partizanovec

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I saw us above 30 points mark, but Webb ruined it.
    No way there were 5 mins added time.
    If Scumderland were leading, he would gave 3 minutes, not a minute more.
    And please, do not blame the players, the equaliser was only to bad luck.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Tremendous game for Coloccini and José Enrique Sánchez Díaz, not to mention Joey Barton

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  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #14

    @HTID: No I didn’t but I wouldn’t put it past the horrible bas*ards.

    Shows how much stadium security the SOS has…

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  • jj

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Lads,
    Get off Pardews back! all he did was take off Jonas so he wudnt make his injury worse and it was a fluke goal, ive got no complaints from anyone, shola played well up front but when we had a break on before the goal he should have played it to barton and he wud have run the clock down but he lost the ball, then them fuckers scored, on another day wed never have lost that game, they are lucky, always have been always will be!!! theyve scored in injury time more than anyone,

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  • Sav

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Yes, Coloccini MOM.
    Feels like a defeat now but it’ll be a draw at their place tomorrow, 4 points to us, just 1 point to the Mackems. The ease of playing against them surprised me the most and will have upset them, too. In fact we should’ve taken more of our chances and been 2 or 3 up by the time Gyan bundled it in.

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    @carrollsinger

    why bring on subs when u r winning 1-0 with a few mins to go it just upsets the teams and adds more mins on the clock for howard manchester united webb

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Harper made a terrible mistake for their goal. Anyone that says it was bad luck is crazy it went straight into the middle of his body but he palmed if out instead of catching it.

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #19

    partizanovec – yeah I have to agree 5 mins seemed a bit excessive

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  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye he should have caught it cj, but it bounced of Gyan’s feet and went in – how isn’t that luck?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Good Toon to be true 4pts ok

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Are you’s mad….a point will do im proud of nufc??

    no offence lads but we shuda took all 3 points….we hada be greedy i this league…An were like 3/4 points away from a relagation scrap…

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Howard Webb must have been wearing his ‘Alex Furguson watch’

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  • Bucks mag

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #24

    cjcox88 – I think that’s harsh on Harper, that shot was hit with too much power to catch imo

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    If Ameobi score 2nd goal, then it be 0-2 the final result – well maybe 1-2 the most.

    a double against mackems would haunt them for another season – thats priceless

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    @ 22 Ferguson

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  • Whitecap

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Great work from the lads today. I am very happy with the performance today despite that late equaliser. Back four played their hearts out.

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Does anyone know where the 5 mins came from I can’t remember any injuries but hay hba Carroll and tiote will come back and take us up even higher

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  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Speaking of the back four, did anybody notice the confidence in Simpson? I reckon if he keeps that up he can be a big player for us.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #30

    A fcuking joke dat was the scum play sh it all day then on the 93rd min get a sh itty goal…we shuda just fired on a xtra defender

    1-0 up 90th min….shuda put the bull into CB and put shane fergy on for best at LB

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #31

    It wasn’t hit with too much power to catch it, the fact it hit Gyan was luck, but it should never have been there in the first place you can’t palm balls out into the area with 2 minutes to go and people piling into the box. In my opinion Krul should be the first choice keeper now. Harper must be nearly 36 and he isn’t a much better keeper. I would rather a youngster making mistakes learning from them, than a 36 year old

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  • DeanToon88

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Glad smith got injured as he is a useless player and never does fu*k all, Best needs to go aswell he’s just a lazy looking useless cu*t, got lucky with his hatrick against west ham

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  • arfa chance

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #33

    lads did well. now we need plans to stop bale and modric and VDV on sat for 3 pts without tiote, ope gosling can play dm role

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  • TooNArMy0

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    So sad when we dominate the whole game and they get an equlaiser by luck..

    but its good to see them celebrating as they won the game.. it shows that they were expecting us to hammer them..

    Harper 8/10
    Colo 9/10
    Williamson 6/10
    Simpson 7/10
    Enrique 7/10
    Smith 2/10
    Barton 9/10
    Nolan 9/10
    Jonas 7/10
    Guthrie 6/10
    Shola 9/10
    Best 7/10
    Lovenkra 5/10
    Gosling 6/10

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  • carlton nufc

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #35

    if your on about a new keeper then we need to bring foster back from loan an tbh i think steve is a great keeper thats 1 mistake and take it from a goalkeeper that wasnt easy to hold watch it again

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  • jjames

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #36

    @cjcox88 – If Krul played today, Bent wud have scored atleast one of the two chances for sure…

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  • Thump

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Smudge didn’t have a bad game at all. Not amazing but certainly not bad.

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  • jjames

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    we needed calm heads today.. and harper is better in that!

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    I totally agree about Forster. He is quality and should not be out on loan. I haven’t got a problem with Harper generally, although I do think that was a huge mistake, but Krul is also a very good goalie, and a future regular international with Holland if he gets the games. I just don’t feel there is any point when Harper isn’t much if at all better than Krul of giving him games when Krul will only improve with match time

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 16, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #40

    best is very lazy

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