Newcastle Goalkeeper Disappointed – But Great Team Display

Tim Krul had a good game in the Newcastle goal this afternoon against Sunderland, and Newcastle were unlucky – make that very unlucky – not to keep a clean sheet and get all 3 points, and get their second successive win at the Stadium of Light.

The ball hits Demba Ba in the face and it flies into the net

After Yohan Cabaye had put Newcastle ahead after only three minutes, and Newcastle had completely bossed the game in those first 25 minutes, Cheick Tiote got himself sent off, and it wasn’t until 5 minutes from time that a Demba Ba own goal gave Sunderland the equalizer.

And we have to remember that two seasons ago in this fixture in January of 2011, Sunderland equalized late in injury time – and that’s when manager Steve Bruce ran up and down the touch-line like a mad man – such was the joy of getting a point off Newcastle at their home stadium in injury time.

This time Newcastle played with 10 men for three quarters of the game after Cheick Tiote was sent off for a stupid tackle on Steven Fletcher – who rolled around on the pitch like he had been shot in the leg and banged the ground with his hand.

But he was surprisingly up and fit again and ready to play once Cheick had been given the straight red card by referee Martin  Atkinson. Really some of these footballers seem to be auditioning for Hollywood, the way they roll around and pretend they are badly injured.

Tim had a solid game in the Newcastle goal, except for one slip in the second half when he couldn’t handle a shot, but with the help of Mike Williamson and a brave dive onto the loose ball by the goalkeeper, Newcastle saved that situation.

This is what Tim said on the Newcastle web-site after the game, when he was asked if it was one point gained or two points lost (it was the latter):

“Easy question.” “I’m really proud of us, of the whole team. I think we see this as a win to be honest.” “I know it’s hard to take when you have a deflected goal so late into the game, especially after how hard we worked, but the spirit is the most important thing we took out of this game.”

“Of course we’re disappointed because listen, if you’re 1-0 up and you’ve played so well for 60 minutes with ten men it’s hard to take.” “But at the end of the day when everything’s settled down we see this as a good result, especially with the lads working their socks off for each other again.”

“I think that’s what put us through last year, the spirit, and I’ve seen today that we’ve got the spirit back.” “Of course I was desperate to be back,” “I’d hoped to make Man United a couple of weeks ago but that was too early for me so the next target was Sunderland and I was not going to miss this game.”

“To be honest, even with ten men – of course their deliveries are great from free-kicks and corners – but I didn’t feel threatened today by them at all so I’m really pleased with the lads in front of me.” “It was great to quieten the crowd down and it was a great start.”

“We said we had to start better than we have done over the weeks and that’s what we did.”

And as far as Demba Ba’s own goal this is what the Newcastle goalkeeper said:

“The initial header was going to go wide and it hit Demba and just went the other way so you can’t react to that.” “The first header was going wide, everything was alright, but things like that happen.”

Tim looked solid and confident today and Sunderland showed why they have only scored 6 league goals all season, and they found it hard to break down a very solid Newcastle defense, and it was a lucky and late goal that got them a point.

This was an excellent display by Newcastle, make no mistake about that, but without the element of luck you need to win these type of games.

But the lads’ form today gives us a lot of hope that we will start to pick up points in the league and climb the table.

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33 comments so far

  • BigKirky

    Oct 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Again, a solid and excellent ten man performance by everyone. Colo is masterful, such a slick and classy player.

  • Minato

    Oct 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Agree with comment one…got a bad feeling they would score when Colo departed…other than that I felt we were pretty comfortable throughout…felt like we would have won by three or four if we had kept ten men on the pitch. Bringing me to that…have to disagree with you Ed. Tiote is one of my favourite players to ever don the black and white..but this is the downside to his game. Felt the sending was a little harsh but it really was a silly tackle..he seems to do something a little reckless everytime I watch him. Shame really because as I said..the scum really were there for the taking today.

  • Minato

    Oct 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Not including the keeper of course 😉

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Seems like people are implying Sunderland scored because Colo had to come off, which is pretty ludicrous since Taylor looked just fine. It was an unlucky OG, all there is too it.

    My fears of an equalizer came as soon as Tiote was sent off. You can park it and defend all you want but sooner or later, chances are you’ll concede vs an extra man.

  • ronaldeano

    Oct 22, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Tiote should NEVER have been sent off. If he wasn’t being dragged back, he would have won the ball with ease. Yeah he is an aggressive player and that’s what he’s about, that’s him as a footballer. You either want him in your team or you don’t. I want him because his presence is overwhelming! He is the boss in midfield and EVERYONE knows it. Fair enough he is reckless at times, but referees hate him. He gets treated more harshly than other players who’s style is similar (for whatever reason) but today he was wrongly dismissed and it ruined the game IMO.

  • Sav

    Oct 22, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes, we want him in the team – which is precisely why he’s a bloody fool for being reckless again. Now he’s out for another 3 matches. What;s the point of having him in the team then? Controlled aggression is one thing but too often he runs about kicking people. I might add I’m also getting cheesed off with Tiote’s antics when he gets fouled or doesn’t like a decision that doesn’t go his way. He is great, but fans are running out of patience and he needs to adapt and grow up.

  • Honoured2BNUFC

    Oct 22, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Would have preferred to wake up today on my 28th birthday with the three points. Wasn’t meant to be great grit and determination shown by our players. Proud of all of them.

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 22, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Heres my player ratings and 2cent on todays game

    Krul – 8 – Good goal keeping. Not really troubled throughout the match

    Colo – 9 – Captain Fantastic. Calm and cool under pressure. Was everywhere on the pitch. Kept the team organised. You could tell the game changed when he left

    Santon – 7 – Good job in the 1st half marking Johnson. Did what he was supposed to.

    Simpson – 7.5 – Impressive considering this was his 2nd game back from injury. Made some good crosses and bombs up front for Ba

    Williamson – 7 – One of his better games. Didn’t really have to foul Saha that led to the own goal.

    Cabaye – 8 – Fantastic goal. Back to his usual self. Showed lots of fire today and gave a damn about the derby

    Ben Arfa – 6.5 – Showed flashes of his brillance with those darting runs in the first half. Rang out of gas in the 2nd. Needs to find the form he showed last season

    Gutierrez-7.5- Worked tirelessly. Had a good game. Nothing bad to pick from his time on the field. Maybe needs to work on his pace?

    Tiote-5-Was good for the time he was on. Don’t think a red card was warranted. Ref had already blown his whistle for free kick, he didn’t hear and kept going and Fletcher milked the kick for all it was worth.

    Ba-7.5- Lone striker after tiote was sent off. Did hold himself up most of the game

    Shola-6- He’ll get his revenge in the next derby. Looked lively.Tactical change – Had to be replaced after Tiote’s sending off

    Perch-8- Solid in the midfield. Crucial well timed tackles. One of our star players along with Colo, Guti,Krul,Cabs, Simmo and Ba.

    NR – Oberton and Saylor – not enough game time to give a fair rating

    Todays game was had lots of contrasting similarities to the last time we played them when they had a player sent off and the game ended 1 all

    Eventhough we lost, we still played better than sunderland

    Sunderlands best player was Danny Rose.

    To me, the ref seemed to give everything to Sunderland and the 1std half was more fairer in the 2nd. Maybe he realised Titoe didn’t deserve to be sent off.

    Had sunderland played the way they played in the last 10 mins – from the time Tiote was sent off – we would’ve been in trouble.

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 22, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #9

    RVD, I would give Simmo at 8, he blocked a few crosses from the right side. Considering we were a man down and were tracking back, it helped tremendously even if it meant a corner kick.

  • cyprus

    Oct 22, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Thanks ref,
    For ruining the game for me. I just wanted the game to finish from that minute on. On red, Tiote’s reputation preceded him. Another player would never have been red carded for that, although Fletcher overdid the ‘pain’ thing.
    On the team, valiant display. Top marks to ALL the defense, I’d be unfair t single out a player.

  • MagpieNiff

    Oct 22, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #11

    RVD we didn’t lose pal.

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 22, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #12

    @check the toastie
    Good prediction mate in your earlier post

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 22, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Take away the red card incidense, and it was still not a great performance from neither teams…

    Don’t really enjoy the way we play football these days (we don’t really create much and we just can’t seem to keep possesion)

    Maybe the problem is Pardew seems to be satisfied very easely this season (I would have been furious if I was the manager)

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 22, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Where is my manners 🙂 Morrning lads! lol

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 22, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyone agree we played the best football in the 4-3-3 formation?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Dont agree with the rating of wilo tbf i think 10 defenders out of 10 would of taken one for the team there we over commited and took a woeful FK they broke and no one was back if saha got past wilo it was 3 on 1 wilo did the right thing

  • FatmanJoe

    Oct 22, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Jesper have to disagree there. We looked far better until that silly foul by check. Think we were in control, passing well and creating chances. Afterwards with ten men away from home we were always going to have to defend. And good morning!

    Rvd – willo’s foul was definitely needed. Saha had already gotten a yard of space with little ahead of him. Willo needed to slow him down.

  • AndyG

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Tiote sending off a fair call but probably based on his reputation (atkinson had already reached for his pocket before fletchers theatrics!) however based on this decision why not even a yellow card for larssons stud attack on Shola’s chest…..will the sweet FA take retrospective action?

  • AndyG

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Tiote sending off a fair call but probably based on his reputation (Atkinson had already reached for his pocket before fletchers theatrics!) however based on this decision why not even a yellow card for the stud attack on Shola’s chest…..will the sweet FA take retrospective action?

  • AndyG

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Tiote sending off a fair call but probably based on his reputation (Atkinson had already reached for his pocket before fletchers theatrics!) however based on this decision why not even a yellow card for the stud attack on Shola’s chest…..will the Premier league take retrospective action?

  • AndyG

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Tiote sending off a fair call but probably based on his reputation (Atkinson had already reached for his pocket before fletchers theatrics!) however based on this decision why not even a yellow card for the stud attack on the mackem slayers chest…..will the Premier league take retrospective action?

  • jeff

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #22

    the positive is that we didnt play 4-4-2

    4-4-1 im liking it.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Andy – good point, not sure if it warrants being said 4 times like 🙂
    The FA probably won’t give any action as if I’m not mistaken, we got a free kick for it which means the referee seen and dealt with the situation. Larson should have gone it was an extremely dangerous challenge.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Think your right mate some stupid rules in the FA like!
    Especially not bieng able to appeal a red thats been given for 2 yellows imagine there are a few miffed everton fans this morning!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Did anyone else read that the mackems have had a couple of fans arrested for racial abuse aimed at demba ba?
    How stupid are these ppl? During a kick racism out football campaign, days after there full back suffered horrendous abuse they get arrested for doing the same

  • Santon03

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #26

    The writting is on the wall, I said it before : sooner or later Titote will see red. Tere is a big difference between being hard tackler taking no prisoner and stupid dangerous, Tiote is being stupid and dangerous. He likes to hold on to the ball and play the ball like Pirlo, but he is not Pirlo, when he lost the ball he will do anything to get it back and mostly by stupid rash challenges. I hope he learn from his mistakes and become better player for NUFC.
    I agree with Krul, we got our team spirit back and it’s the most important thing.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Ed, when you say Fletcher rolled about like he was shot. Getting hit like that by Tiote is probably worse!

  • Santon03

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #28


    that’s why they are called “Scums”. 😛

  • Santon03

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #29

    can’t wait till we meet Stokes and Owen

  • Starnufc

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #30

    hey guys i dont post on here much but all of you who say tiote’s reputation caused him to get red… not saying it didnt influence the call just saying it did not matter tiote went for a ball at steven foot shin high toes clearly pointed up… It was clearly a red all of you who think not sorry but i dont know of a more reckless tackle in a while he had the foul and the whistle blew two steps before he lunged but thanks for being more classy then the scum their fans were embarrassing to watch… so how man days do we have until we get the reserve fixture… another point too once tiote got sent off i think cabaye played much better farther up the pitch he sat too far back by the defenders half the time but what do i know 🙂 (yes i put a smiley scorn me haha)

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Even still thought they would a have a spec of morals somewhere clearly not!

    Do you know whats worse than bieng hit by tiote? Bieng hit by ameobi when youve caused his derby day to be cut short…

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper- all over the place this morning-LOL
    See last end -LOL

  • AndyG

    Oct 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Sorry for the repeated comments above!!! me and technology (especially an I-Phone) are about as much use as Sunderlands strike force!


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