Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 – Ameobi Equalizes In Stoppage Time


In a bad tempered game at St. James’ Park his afternoon that saw the referee give out 9 yellow cards in total, and two red cards to Sunderland players, one after the final whistle, Ameobi saved Newcastle’s bacon when he equalized in stoppage time.

The game had got under way with very slick and wet conditions,  and it was in the first minute that one of the most reckless players in league football – Lee Catermole – picked up a yellow card for a terrible lunging tackle on Cheick Tiote.

The game started off with both teams having trouble with the slick conditions,  and Cattermole from the times we’ve seen this lad play, has trouble  controlling  himself on the field of play.

And if it wasn’t the first minute of the game he could have seen red.

But Sunderland went ahead after 25 minutes, and it was a bad mistake by Mike Williamson when he pulled at Turner’s shirt when a harmless cross was coming in.

And Nicklas Bendtner made no mistake from the penalty spot and it was the first time Sunderland had been ahead since 2008 in a derby game.

Mike Williamson  is starting to look like the weak link at the back, but to be fair the conditions were also very difficult.

The referee Mike Dean was giving out yellow cards in the first half like they were Xmas presents,  and four Newcastle players were booked and two Sunderland players also saw yellow before the break.

Newcastle were coming back into the game in the second part of the second half, and  DemBa Ba hit the cross bar with a great header on 44 minutes – that would have been a great time to have scored a goal.

Ben Arfa replaced Davide Santon and Ryan Taylor went to left back at the start of the second half.

Newcastle had goalkeeper Tim Krul to thank after 56 minutes when the 23 year-old goalkeeper made a great double save, the second one with his left foot as the ball was crossing the line –  but Sunderland should really have gone two goals up.

The game was a lot more even in the second half,  but then the lack of control of the Sunderland players again told on them when Sessegnon stupidly hit Tiote with his elbow after 58 minutes, about a yard from referee Mike Dean, and he received a straight red card.

Newcastle obviously came  more into the game and pressed forward against Sunderland’s 10 men.

On 68 minutes Newcastle could have had a penalty for handball as Demba Ba rose high in the area, only for Turner beat him to the ball – but with his hand.

Then Shola Ameobi came on after 72 minutes in place of a quiet Papiss Cisse, and  after 76 minutes Newcastle should have had a penalty when John O’Shea handled the ball,  but the referee waved play on, and gave a corner.

But then Newcastle did get a penalty when Shola Ameobi was brought down in the penalty area, as he was tackled form behind Fraizer Campbell after 82 minutes.

And Demba Ba came up and hit the ball well, but Simon Mignolet saved low to his left – it was a bad miss by the Senegal striker – but  a great save by the Sunderland goalkeeper.

But Shola Ameobi was on the field and he would never miss a penalty against Sunderland – it should have been Shola to take that penalty.

Newcastle continued to pile on the pressure and at 90 minutes the referee signaled 5 minutes of added time,  and in the first minute of that Shola Ameobi, who loves scoring against Sunderland, got the equalizer as he stabbed the ball home to save the Geordie fans’ blushes.

And the final whistle went and it was 1-1 but it could be looked on as another 2 home points dropped, since that was the first penalty Newcastle have missed all season.

And would you believe it – Lee Cattermole got himself a straight red card for dissent towards the referee – when the game was over.

This lad is simply out of control and he managed to get himself  “sent off”  for dissent towards the referee after the final whistle.

Lee also lost his head in the second half when Newcastle won 5-1 in this fixture last season,  and then manager Stave Bruce had to take him off in the second half to save him from himself.

He’s a liability to the side he plays for – thankfully it’s not Newcastle.

But it was another two points lost for Newcastle, since we should never miss a penalty,  but since we equalized in stoppage time – we’ll take it.

And of course there could be nothing worse than losing this game to Sunderland – that would have been unbearable.

So for the second season running we take 4 points out of Sunderland.

But that’s also just 2 points from our last two home games,  against teams below us in the league table.

Comments welcome.



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60 comments so far

  • free giveaways

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    I love you Shola … oh and first

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  • geordiejohn42

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    1st – Thank god for Shola he’s done it again what a lifesave and what a lad

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  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew needs an evolution from 442

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  • matthewjai

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #4

    i m in disbelief that shola did not take the penalty.

    he is the best penalty taker i have seen in my life

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  • geordiejohn42

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    HBA must start in every game now AP he makes the team ticks and we’re more attacking when he plays without him we have no pace no creativity no guile and no idea

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  • geoff777

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    ED,
    Cattermole got a straight red after the game.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    What a second half. We should have won. I was happy with Ba taking the penalty even tho Ameobi is one of the best players i ever seen take a penalty. Atleast we didm’t lose. PHEW.
    Also i am very disappointed with Tiote, his persona we have created about him being like Mr T and a beast. But he actually did go down so late after the slap on his CHEST not face from sessegon. Lost a bit of respect for him but of course still love him to bits. COME ON NEWCASTLE.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #8

    HBA was brilliant. Some of the skills he did were sublime. I hope he gets a run in the first XI, 6 or 7 games, show us what he can do. He showed us a lot today and should start

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  • JackButler

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    1st half tactics – Lump it forward = Shocking performance
    2nd half tactics – Play the ball on the ground = Great performance

    What will the tactics be for the first half against Arsenal?

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  • Klatoon

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Shoulda been Shola’s pen and another derby brace. Oh and BenArfa surely deserves great for the 2nd half revival

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  • free giveaways

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Shola should have taken the pen, we probably would have won if we’d scored the pen … we were absolutely battering them. And Williamson ha an amazing chance to score, I still don’t know why he took a second touch, should have just smashed it

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  • Klatoon

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    *great credit

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13

    “no pace no creativity no guile and no idea”

    slight exaggeration to say the very least. HBA done well today but to right off everything that our side has done this season without him is a disgraceful thing to say. It is a case of exalting the individual at the expense of the squad. We can appreciate his contributions but don’t insult the squad in doing so.

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  • NUFClad

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #14

    oooooooohh ameobi!! you beast lets kick on for Europe now, definitely 1 point gained

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #15

    We should have won that game 2/3 – 1 in the end. We absolutely dominated second half and at the end of the first. Miffed we didn’t win, but the second half performance was highly encouraging.
    I hope we can carry that on through to the end of the season now!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Geoff,

    I know you probably meant it tongue in cheek, but yes I would swap AVB for pardew in a heartbeat.

    AVB at only 33 has a cv of winning things as long as his arm and in Europe too. Pardew at 50 has won the johnson painter trophy, period.

    AVB would have our foreign players playing in a system that suited them and which wouldn’t make it so hard for them every game.

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  • karasu

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Once again we were sleeping for one half ‘cept that this time it was the first half. Tiote (possession), Cabaye (passing), Santon (defending) and Cisse (attacking) should be singled out for being mediocre for most of the game. I too agree that the guys should be rushing back to look for the winning goal instead of spending so much time celebrating.

    Fair play to Pards for the second half though. Ben Arfa provided much penetration from the right flank. The curious case of Shola who seems to be blessed by some kind of higher power to come up with vital goals despite being ineffectual in usual standards. More pressure in the form of ol’ Pete.

    But this draw means we have been winless for at least 3 games. Not good enough.

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  • geoff777

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew needs to stop playing the “safe” team with Jonas & Raylor on the wings.

    Both are fullbacks.

    Jonas can’t shoot or cross … 95% of the time.

    HBA has to start every match for the length of his contract – you do not leave your best player on the bench.

    Pardew would be great for England.

    Pardew would be great for Chelsea.

    Pardew would be great for Spurs if Redknapp goes to England or Chelsea …

    Lets get some compensation and trade up on our manager?

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  • geoff777

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #19

    @Rotonda heights /

    No not tongue in cheek, I’d dump the spivvy – used car-salesman in a flash.

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  • niafron

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Got to go lads.

    Bonne soirée messieurs.

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  • geoff777

    Mar 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #21

    If we could get AVB for Pardew … yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #22

    ruddy

    i think geordiejohn42 is spot on. without benny we look exremely limited to hoofball and little else tbh.

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  • SBergenwall

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #23

    HBA made good decisions today for once, he usually doesn’t. But he really made the difference today. Great second half, thought we would lose after the missed penalty but Shola does it again, as he did against Tottenham a couple of months ago.. Well deserved point non the less

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Cannot fathom some of the statements from some of you. All I am saying is remember where we were a few short years ago and keep things in perspective. Be careful what you wish for, who knows what would happen if we “traded up on out manager” the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t as the old saying goes. (I for one don’t see Pardew as a devil btw)

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  • JackButler

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Ray Wilkins has said that bringing Raffa into Chelsea will not work as he is, and I quote ‘A 4-4-2 merchant, which will set Chelsea back’

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26

    geoff

    you and me both. very accurate description

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  • jackson0022

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Actually it’s really a shame for us. Seem that everyone is complacent with a late draw, but we are one man more for like half an hour of the game! If we are not playing hoofball(?!) but dropping the ball into the box and hope someone in black and white makes a decent header to the goal, we should have won it big! Why bother with traditional football when NO ONE uses it? I reckon the teams above us are not using it! You see Man United, ManC, Hotspurs Arsenal Chelsea and even Liverpool don’t use it! If we are going to end up high in the league, we gotta play more like the HBA style! Nice pass on the ground…you see what he has done compared with the left-hand-side…our goal is not coming all the way from a random possibility of putting it header!!!

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  • carlton nufc

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Ben Arfa was amazing today if any disagrees u simply didn’t watch the game or have a personal grudge on him but all in all he is much more effective on the right hand side I think it’s time for gutierrez to buck up his ideas sadly starting to see he is weakest part in our team sorry for the bit of negativity there.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d also take Mourinho or Sir Alex over Pardew.

    And I’d rather have Benzema up front than Cisse as well.

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  • jackson0022

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #31

    But there are still some points for us to have credits on – one is HBA. He really brings something! We need his style but not dropping the ball in a silly way into the box. Another point to note is Shola…maybe as long as we are having tyne-wear derby we shall keep him in the squad 😛 He is paid whole year for the presence in derbies 😛 (sad but true…) BTW, is it a time for BA to take a rest?

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha AVB would be the next level, but he’d never be interested, Ashley would never pay for him. It would be highly
    Immoral and unfair on Pardew, who is slowly trying to stake his claim.
    Technically he would sort us out no problem, which Pardew needs to
    Focus on over the summer. If we come out next year playing
    The same way as we have been the majority of this season, then I have no doubts we will not be as successful and things will have to change.
    I am however in favour of giving Pardew every benefit of the doubt and chance. All will be revealed next season I feel.

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  • spitfire_

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #33

    The Black rats beats himself. If it was red card we would lose… the same story like The 4-4 game. Now the sad thing is that Pardew will be again in delusion about the real situation… which is – we was poor. We put the black rats on some presure in the begining of second half but that was happend already in the first half… and nothing.

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  • toonking

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #34

    geoff777
    if you want AVB or anyone like him start protesting for ashley out and a sugar daddy in because them managers are so good because of massive money to spend pardew is a arse wenger but in a much lower scale so will try bringing players through and cheap not spend heavy.

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  • JackButler

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Yeah lets go out and change the man who has brought stability to our club and lets chase a ‘Big Name Manager’, it make so much sense as it’s work sooooooo well for us in the past hasn’t it

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  • MHS NUFC

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Like my Newcastle Facebook Page Please!!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newcastle-United-News/287674257944174

    and a decent result against the scum today 🙂

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  • SBergenwall

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #37

    …In perspective, both Chelsea and Liverpool lost their games

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  • geoff777

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Our position is due to some great defending in the first twelve games.
    Pure luck.
    Graham Carr’s scouting.

    I think Pardew has a limited time.
    He needs to start taking some risks.

    How many times can you give the same pre-match / half-time speech.

    His predictable selections aren’t getting bums off seats.

    Is Ashley brave enough to trade up on another manager?
    If AVB is available I’d be more than happy to see a change,

    HBA rules. AVB & HBA would be superb.

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  • Minato

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Based on the second half performance we should have won this game easily. Very disappointing but at least we didn’t lose which would have been a total travesty. Generally a decent performance but Williamson has to go.

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  • billy

    Mar 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #40

    What a showing up against ten men Pardew the tactical genius tried hard to throw the eleven year unbeaten record away.Ba and cisse starved of any service raylor totally inept on the wing while ben arfa sits on the bench williamson SAFCs 12th man a total plank of a player should be dropped but the idiot pardew hasnt got anyone to replace the mug,that decision will comeback to haunt him.

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