The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew did things yesterday on the sidelines in the Newcastle vs Sunderland derby game, which he has since regretted.
Alan Pardew yesterday on the sidelines
And one of them was his over the top celebration in front of Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill when local lad Shola Ameobi scored in the 91st minute to equalize the score at 1-1, and get his 7th goal for Newcastle in a Sunderland derby game.
And we had thought Sunderland manager Steve Bruce’s celebration when Sunderland made it 1-1 at the Stadium of Light last January in stoppage time was bad enough. 😀
And if Shola had taken the penalty after 82 minutes we could even be celebrating a 2-1 victory today.
But Demba Ba had put away that penalty at Stoke so coolly after the game had been held up for several minutes, and it’s a bit hard to blame the Newcastle manager for giving the penalty to his 16 goal Senegal star to convert.
But he missed it, when Belgium goalkeeper Mignolet made a great save low to his left.
Alan Pardew has said the expectations of 50,000 Geordies got to him – actually it was another sell-out of 52,388 at the game – after Shola Ameobi had rescued the Magpies with that very late equalizer:
“I do regret approaching the Sunderland bench the way I did,” “I’ve seen it back on the television and it looks terrible.” “But it was just sheer relief that we looked as though we might get something out of it.”
“This is a game in which the pressure is unbelievable and unless you’re a manager or a player for Newcastle you can’t appreciate it. We were 1-0 down to Sunderland with the expectation of 50,000 Geordies on our shoulders.”
Both the players and the coaches had no discipline in those first 30 minutes of the game, on a slick and wet St. James’ Park surface, which made things worse because players were sliding into their tackles and things were made to look worse than they may have been.
But that’s it for Newcastle in the derby games this season and it’s the same as last season with a win and a draw in the two games.
Now to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next Monday evening.