Newcastle again came out on top at Sunderland today, when they were second best in the first half, but a great Ryan Taylor free-kick after 63 minutes, curled into the top left hand corner for a wonderful goal, and it was enough to give the Magpies all 3 points.
The game kicked off with Newcastle in white shorts with their famous black and white stripes, and Sunderland were in black shorts with their red and white stripes.
Sunderland got off to a fast start and threatened the Newcastle goal almost immediately, and Jack Colback made a good run down the left wing and his cross went right across the goal with no Sunderland player there to tap the ball home – that was a good chance for Sunderland after 8 minutes.
The almost immediately Sessegnon, who was looking good in midfield, hit a good shot that Tim Krul saves well to his left.
It was again Sessegnon after 10 minutes, who had a good shot that was only just wide of Krul’s left hand post.
And after 12 minutes it had been all Sunderland, but then on 15 minutes it seemed that Larsson handled the ball on the goal line following a corner.
Newcastle were screaming for both a penalty and a red card and referee Howard Webb consulted with his linesman but disallowed the Newcastle appeals.
That was a huge call in Sunderland’s favor by the referee, and it was judged to have been accidental; hand ball – yeah right.
Then on 23 minutes, from a Cabaye corner, captain Coloccini had a free header but put the ball wide of Mignolet’s left hand post.
On 23 minutes Krul made another good save and the Dutch goalkeeper looked in excellent form, and than Cabaye was just a little lucky to get away with a dangerous foul on Bardsley.
Yohan got a yellow card, but it could have been red, since his studs were showing as he lunged in at the former Manchester United man.
On 26 minutes a good Seb Larsson corner found Ghana International striker Gyan completely unmarked, but he headed the ball wide, and missed a good chance.
Newcastle were starting to come more into the game and after 32 minutes Ferdinand backed off Yohan Cabaye, who took the shot from 25 yards out, and Mignolet made an excellent save – that was poor defending from Ferdinand.
On 33 minutes Mignolet plucked a cross out of the air, when he was surrounded by both Sunderland and Newcastle players, and then Ryan Taylor received a yellow card.
Tim Krul then made another terrific save when he turned a Sessegnon shot around the post – a wonderful save from the young Newcastle goalkeeper, to keep the score level.
Then on 43 minutes a long cross found Shola Ameobi about three yards from goal, but Shola headed just wide.
As the game evened out a little, the referee blew for half time, but there was little doubt that Sunderland had been the better side in the first half, but hadn’t taken any of their chances.
Tim Krul had made several fine saves for Newcastle.
There were no changes made for the second half.
Cheick Tiote was getting closer and closer to a yellow card, and the Ivorian was testing referee Howard Webb with some of his tackling, as Tiote tried to get a grip on the center of midfield.
The first 10 minutes of the second half were fairly even as Newcastle came back into the game, but like last week, Newcastle seemed to have very little cutting edge up front.
On 59 minutes Gyan went down in the penalty area, and Sunderland appealed for a penalty, but the referee waved play on – it was nowhere near a penalty.
With 30 minutes go it was still anybody’s game with Sunderland looking more polished than Newcastle.
And then on 62 minutes Gutierrez broke through and hit a decent shot which Mignolet saved easily.
Then from a free kick out on the left, Newcastle went ahead when Ryan Taylor put in a great free kick that swerved and sailed into the top left hand corner of the net, as Mignolet missed the cross come shot.
Another goal from a Newcastle set play, and Ryan again showed what a great squad player he can be for Newcastle.
Newcastle were ahead probably against the run of play – but who cared?
On 66 minutes Cattermole made one of those stupid – over the top tackles of his – this time on Gutierrez and the Argentine rolled on the pitch in agony after the tackle.
Lee only got a yellow card and Newcastle had a free kick eight yards outside the area.
Before the free kick could be taken, both Joey Barton and Phil Bardsley got yellow cards from the referee, and Ryan Taylor then put the free kick way over the bar.
Newcastle had gained confidence from the goal, and were surging forward trying to get a second goal that could have wrapped up the game.
On 73 minutes a good cross from the right was well taken by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who looked very good today in the Newcastle goal.
Sunderland were coming forwrd all the time to try to get the equalizer and on 83 minutes Gyan should have done better when he hit his shot wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post.
On 85 minutes Newcastle brought on Williamson for Cabaye as Pardew tried to tighten up the Newcastle defense and get a famous victorty.
Then Dan Gosling was brought on as Newcastle looked for fresh legs to protect their lead.
Phil Bardsley committed a dangerous tackle on Colcocini and the refree rightly sent off the full back.
Newcastle held out, unlike in the same hame in January and our boys did us proud today, with all three points.
While Newcastle were second best in the first half, they again showed a resilience and have yet to concede a goal this season.
A fantastic win by our boys today, when we needed it most, and now we can gloat – again!
A note to Mike Ashley – sign those players up next week – PLEASE!
Bottom line – a great win for Newcastle today.
Howay The Lads!!
Sunderland (4-4-2): Simon Mingolet; Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, Anton Ferdinand, Kieran Richardson; Sebastian Larsson, Lee Cattermole (c), Jack Colback, Ahmed Elmohamady; Stephane Sessegnon, Asamoah Gyan
Subs: Kieren Westwood, Titus Bramble, Louis Laing, David Vaughan, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham, Ji Dong-Won
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Joey Barton, Gabriel Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Demba Ba