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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