Sickening Late Own Goal Robs Newcastle Of Famous Victory


Newcastle were robbed of a famous victory at Sunderland today, and after holding out for 60 minutes with just 10 men, a late own goal from Demba Ba gave Sunderland a point.

Cheick Tiote – sent off – he lost us this game

Newcastle gave a gallant display this afternoon at the Stadium of Light as they drew 1-1 with Sunderland, but Newcastle had Cheick Tiote sent off for a bad (over the top) tackle after 25 minutes, and Newcastle scored both goals – so once again Sunderland escaped a loss by the skin of their teeth.

Yohan Cabaye had given Newcastle the lead after just 3 minutes with a good move from Ben Arfa, who put Shola Ameobi through down the right wing, and then his cross was blocked by the goalkeeper and Yohan Cabaye came in and coolly planted the ball in the left hand corner of the net.

And Newcastle easily looked the better side in those first 25 minutes, until disaster struck when Cheick Tiote again showed indiscipline on the pitch, and went in with a high tackle and Martin Atkinson gave him a straight red card.

We know referees have to go by the rules – but how many big games have been spoiled by the referee sending a player off over the last few seasons?

From what we could see it could have gone either way, and we’ve seen players get both yellow cards and reds for that tackle – but we doubt if Newcastle will lodge a protest and Cheick will now be out for the next three games – and he’s becoming a bit of a liability with his lack of discipline.

It looked too easy for Newcastle but in the second half the game changed and Sunderland had most of the possession, but they showed why they have the lowest number of goals in the Premier league – 6 – and they couldn’t even score against 10 man Newcastle.

And just when it looked like Newcastle would hold out a cross came into the box and it was headed onto Demba Ba’s head, and he simply couldn’t get out of the way and Sunderland were rescued.

This was 2 points lost for Newcastle, and I may not be the only Newcastle supporter who feels a little sick at the moment.

Newcastle received four yellow cards and a red today, and no Sunderland player was cautioned.

And to see the Sunderland manager, players and fans go wild after their goal – after they had been playing 10 men for an hour and Newcastle had just scored the goal for them – is an illustration of just how better a side Newcastle are at the moment.

But we needed the win today and at the end of the day we didn’t get it, but it was a brave performance from our boys.

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34 comments so far

  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    when it come to decisions referees seem to target certain players tiote is chances of recieving cards are as great as suaez’s claims being classed as dives.

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  • 5Danny94

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Martin Atkinson put in one of the worst refereeing displays I’ve ever seen. It was comical watching the commentators trying to figure out why he’d made some of the decisions he made. And Sunderland always seemed to get the benefit of the 50/ 50s.

    The stat that stands out for me is that he didn’t book a single Sunderland player… Not one.

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  • Super Magpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Totally agree with you Ed, we outclassed them today. Pardew’s mind games played out perfectly and if it wasn’t for Tiote’s red card, we would’ve won with ease today.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Previous thread; Bills-Son
    Oct 21 – 4:03 PM
    I don’t believe the ref would have sent any Sunderland player off, if there was a similar incident. He didn’t even book any of them.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Thats two deflected goals that have got Sland draws they didn’t deserve- today’s and Gyan’s in the last minute two seasons ago.

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  • 5Danny94

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Krul
    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Santon
    Anita Bigirimana
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Ferguson
    Ba

    Please!

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I did not see the incident which saw Tiote sent off, but by judgements placed here it was 50:50. I do not accept Ed that Tiote’s a liability….he’s a physical player, he dominates in mid field and you know what you get. Sunderland had no players booked, we had 4 players with a yellow and a straight RED! I would hardly call that partial refereeing in my opinion from what I saw Ba was being fouled all day long…..yet no cards for the Mackems eh? Don’t figure. Tiote is critical to the team and its sad he’s now gonna be suspended….but he like a Roy Keane and I would not change him for all the tea in China. Collo a legend today and I think if we can start putting in performances like that we’ll start moving back up the table! HWTL

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  • Ashton

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Ba Should’ve been replaced instead of Shola. Ba can’t play as a lone striker unlike Shola who is very good at that and defensively far more helpful than Ba. That was a wrong decision by Pardew and it seems that in every game somehow he manages to f(ck something up!!

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  • Offkey

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Bills-son:
    In terms of some of the other events in the game not deemed bookable e.g. Larsson’s kick to Shola’s chest, I do not think it was a red card.

    Taken as an individual event, maybe a red. My reasoning being that I feel the ref should have been more lenient on a 50-50 he caused by blowing late on the first foul.

    All of the above does not mean that I feel Tiote was faultless. But means enough to me to say that the ref is most at fault

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  • Super Magpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Bill-sons

    Don’t forget about Larssons goaline handball and karate kick on Shola.

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  • adwend

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    sunderland 0 cards
    newcastle 5 cards

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Shame we didnt get the win,the lads played much better today and we looked a decent team wth crisp passing.
    An away point is ok but we coulda had the 3.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Martin O’Neil said before the game that you need a little luck to win a derby. Well we didn’t have any luck today. Sunderland need luck to get a draw!

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  • Super Magpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashton

    I don’t see how today was Pardew’s fault.
    He tactically outclassed MON for the game and got the team really motivated for today.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Novo – whether the ref booked one of them or not Tiote was a red card. He did exactly the opposite of what Pards and every Toon fan would have told him before the game – no high tackles or studs up. The truth is he lost his rag – which he does all too easily – and went in over the top of the ball deliberately. Even Pardew admitted that when he saw the tackle on video it was a bad one.

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  • Shearer260

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    So disappointing. If it had been another player making that tackle then it might not have been a red, like with diving , it’s about reputation. But then again, another player wouldn’t have made a tackle like that. Could really have done with another man at the end and I think we could even have scored again if he hadn’t got himself sent off, totally changed the way the game was going. Pardew definitely needs to have words with him, so disappointing.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew did not say it was a bad one on what I watched, he said he couldn’t complain about a red being given. Vastly different…..

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    It certainly looked liked a handball in the box. Ohhhh yes, that would mean a penalty…. But no, wont get them :-\ Still can’t believe that coming through the back of Ba wasn’t awarded a blatant freekick and a yellow? The same thing happened to them later and lighter and they got the foul. Crap reffing.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Super Mag – i said at half time Larsson’s handball was a defo penalty. As for his chest high tackle at least he went for the ball and he should have got a yellow. Tiote didnt even go for the ball,

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  • nick_9

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    How is it that both teams almost conceded the same number of fouls but we received five bookings? Surely some of their fouls deserved a card? Not that it matters now the game is over but today the official got more wrong than right, up until about the seventieth minute he gave everything to them and then incorrectly gave us a couple of wrong decisions. At least he was consistently bad. Disappointed we couldn’t hold on for a little longer but if you look at it overall we had ten men for three quarters of the game and scored a deflected own goal. Must win against west brom for me, out points tally is looking poor right now and needs to improve at some point as 9 points from 8 games is rubbish.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    boater – ‘self-appointed custodian of the blog’? What does that mean? Is it an insult or a compliment?

    I like your posts you usually make sense but I think here are two extremes – the camp that blindly thinks Newcastle players can do no wrong against a dirty mackem, and those that think a number of players are time bombs indicative of a shoddy regime which is in danger of imminent collapes. you I believe seem to be the latter. In all honesty, if Cattermole had done the same thing, as he usually does, I would have welcomed a red but would have laughed at our fortune. Nice to see in slo-mo, but tiote had no studs showing and was a fraction of second away from the ball. It was a definite yellow and an opportunity to school him in composure, but no straight red. It’s telling that you say nothing about larssons studs in the chest thing. What is your view on that one?

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  • Ashton

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Super Magpie

    Our team has 10X more quality than MON’s so playing better than them is not a luxury it’s something to be expected.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Just to add to the lack of impartiality of the ref, fouls 14:15 commensurate to 0:4Y:1R. Sorry but in my book that’s downright wrong!

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  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    now that tiote is going to miss the next 3 league games i dread to think how great the risk will be starting him in our europa league games because his chances of red in europe could be very high, european teams and refs are real soft sh!tes so i can’t see tiote stay on for 90 mins if he plays like he is in league games.

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  • Super Magpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashton

    You forget we played with 10 men for 70minutes

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Bills-son. I thought the red was harsh. The point I was making was I don’t believe the ref would have made the same decision if the situation was reversed.
    The Larson assault on Shola is evidence of this. I did not think that was a red but it should have resulted in a yellow card.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    One thing today’s proved we are a much better side than S*nderland Im not sure Tiote should have been sent off.

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  • PompeyJohn

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Great performance by the lads AND Alan Pardew today, especially Collo and Williamson. Willo gets a lot of stick (only occasionally deserved) but was immense today. About time he got some credit after performing as he did today.

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  • wynsleap

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Thought the Toon were a different class to the Mackems today and thoroughly deserved to go home with all three points.
    EVERY player put in a fantastic shift especially Ben Arfa, Ba, Cabaye and Williamson but Colo was absolutely in a class of his own in that match. Sunderland hadn’t got any player to come near to him in technique and calm composure.
    Ref was a homer in my opinion and could have given Tiote a yellow card instead of a red card and dished out one or two yellows to the home team . Had he done so we would have gone on to win this game by two or three goals as we were so much the better team.
    Agree with nick_9, however, we have to start picking up some wins or we are going to be permanently anchored in mid table or just below.

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  • gringo burt

    Oct 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #30

    does this mean tiote can still play in europe,if so we could look a bit stronger

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  • yorkymag

    Oct 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I am tiotes biggest fan but he let everyone down today the tackle was a disgrace he left his foot in and go his just deserts .he not only lost us this match but has put us under pressure in the next three .
    He has been here long enough to understand the englishngame he should be fined heavily and needs to change his behaviour he is becoming a liability am affraid

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  • ash1001

    Oct 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Its all about opinions –
    Did Tiote deliberately set out to get the Sunderland player – do not think so, he was been pulled back and the Sunderland player kept on tugging even after the whistle had gone, Tiote at that point was leaning backwards and the ball was loose, maybe he never heard the whistle either. so when he went for the ball he stood no chance of getting it, but deliberate I do not think so. |Having said that Tiote is a liability, just check his booking, even Houghton left him out of the team to stop him been suspended at the beginning of the season we returned to the premier league.
    We cannot afford to run the risk of having to play with 10 instead of 11 ,therefore reluctantly he should move on.
    As for other decisions no card when Santon got tripped, or when Ba got steam rollered from behind, both definite bookings = refereeing bias.

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  • tonesy25

    Oct 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #33

    I didn’t think it was possible to Tiote to stop moving forward as he was being pushed and even then he was going for the ball but the Sunderland player was just faster to it than him then he made a meal of it by staying down when he seemed to be fine after the red card.

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  • smoke beer drink tabs

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #34

    Yesterday proved why none of the big clubs will come in for Tiote. They couldnt take the chance of red cards and persistent fouling and giving free kicks away, teams in champions league will murder you if you keep giving them free kicks in dangeruos areas.

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