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.