Sunderland were the better side in the first half this afternoon, and they missed a couple of good chances when Fletcher hit the cross-bar and Connor Whickham somehow headed wide from one yard out – but as usual this season – Newcastle were much better in the second half.
Two young Newcastle fans before the game today
Were they smiling at the final whistle?
But it seems in the Magpies’ urge to get a win, we were caught short at the back right at the end of the game, and it was Adam Johnson who scored the winner in the last minute of normal time, to get Sunderland’s 4th successive win – and it was another nightmare result for Newcastle in this derby game.
And to make matters worse, just before Johnson scored the winner Moussa Sissoko had a terrific shot tipped over the cross-bar by Romanian giant goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
Alan Pardew admitted after the game to over-committing:
“We were much more controlled in the second half.” “We started to play, started to cause them problems and created chance after chance, but the longer you go on in those games, you know that there is a risk.”
“We couldn’t get the goal, as much as we tried to form a goal.” “Whichever way you want to look at that, you’re always liable to over-commit, and if there was one fault, it was probably over-committing in the end period of the game.”
“You have to be disciplined at that stage, particularly with the history of this fixture, as Sunderland have caught us on the break before and won games, and they did it again.”
“I think Steven Taylor is OK.” “Steven is hurting, physically and mentally I should think. He had two stitches.”
Steven Taylor hit the goal post with his face after heading the ball away in the second half, and the injury looked bad – but of course the local lad carried on.
Newcastle only drop one place in the league table to 9th place with 23 points from 17 games, and we still have one point more than Liverpool.
That’s also 7 points less than we had last season after 17 games played, but only 4 points less than after 17 games in the season we finished 5th in 2012 – so we can still come away.
Liverpool drew at home to Arsenal, after an equalizer seven minutes into stoppage time from Skrtel, with a bullet header in the 2-2 draw.
We need to bring in a goalscorer in the January window – we’ve scored only 18 goals in our 17 league games and conceded 23 – so once again our goal difference is not good and negative.
Manu Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra have not come through for us – and we never replaced Loic Remy – and it’s just fortunate that young Ayoze Perez is doing so well for us, and he came close a couple of times today to scoring.
Danny Ings – 22 year-old striker
Maybe we can go after Danny Ings of Burnley early next month – and it would tempt Burnley to sell if we offered £3M, for someone they will likely lose for nothing in the summer, when he becomes a free agent.
We cannot keep just getting by with a squad that’s never been big enough for at least three years.
Where’s the real ambition to create a good side?
We could do with getting something at Old Trafford on Friday, but these upcoming games are going to stretch our squad and we still have nine out with injuries and now Tiote will miss the game because of his fifth booking today.
Here are the upcoming games – which are not going to be easy – and maybe we’ll get over this disaster in a few weeks.
And after the FA Cup game at Leicester on 3rd January, we’ll lose Papiss Cisse, Mehdi Abeid and Cheick to the African Cup of Nations – so as we said our small squad will be stretched – again.
December Fri 26 15:00 A Man Utd Sun 28 16:15 H Everton January Thu 01 15:00 H Burnley Sat 03 15:00 A Leicester - FA Cup Sat 10 15:00 A Chelsea Sat 17 17:30 H Southampton
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