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Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 – Video Highlights

4:07 pm, Sunday, March 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

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Great header from Aleksandar Mitrovic levels the scores

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 – video highlights

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  • 1 manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    bloody hell ED slow down like!
    manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    sisko has an unbelievably shite first touch
    the fact we havent had a proper left winger since duff says it all
    and that is why carr and charnley has to go

  • 2 toonking // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:08 PM


    every single thing revolves around that norwich game A win and we’ll go level on points with a similar GD making the swansea villa and palace wins will be able to make up for a norwich victory against palace and scums.

    If we lose then normwich will go 6 points ahead with better GD leaving us desperate for palace and sums to beat norwich or ourselves to strike lucky in the difficult games as well as get victory against swansea, palace and villa.

  • 3 manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    sing yeah i’m not one of them btw i think he actually adds alot in that position
    its amazing how he gets so much abuse today but janmaat gets away with shocking defensive performances game after game

  • 4 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:14 PM


    Your reliance on stats to form your opinion when football is far from an incontrovertible science is almost Pardew-esque in it’s blindness. Form your own opinion with your eyes. Stats rarely tell the truth, particularly in football with such vague terms as ‘successful dribbles’. I gave an example of this earlier in the season to show that Obertan is at least our second best winger, if not the best, if you used his stats and made the appearances equal, changing the ratios of goals/assists appropriately.

    If you’re arguing Sissoko was better than Townsend, you’ll find few that watched or attended who’ll agree, no matter how many stats you put in front of them. Sissoko wastes every good opportunity of his own or others making recently. His legs and brain ust don’t compute at the crucial moments.

    Funnily enough, Sissoko looked better at LB using his body well to get between ball and man. Not a solution though.

    I think the blog poll says it loud and clear. Townsend was easily our biggest threat. Awareness of space and where the danger areas are to put the ball at the right time and where his teammates are. He’s decisive and does stuff with conviction which makes a change from the constant hesitation in our attacks.

  • 5 sing in the corner // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Great moment when the entire toon staff were trying to hold Mitro back from running back onto the pitch! For one awful moment I was cringeing thinking he was gonna stick one on Rafa or the doc! 🙂

  • 6 Slank // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    I think we will play better away to Norwich as nerves with there today for all to see. The players looked like they were under pressure not to lose to Sunderland. It was a millstone around their feet.

    I voted for Lascelles as my MOTM. He was very commanding especially in the air.

    I didn’t think much of Colback. The occasion seemed too much for him. Gini was in and out of the match. He can be quite anonymous at times. Townsend looked dangerous. Perez tried hard. De Jong looks like he should start against Norwich. He links up well with all the other players. Mitrovic was himself and at last got into the box where he should spend more time.

    Overall we didn’t deserve to win. A draw is a fair result but is no good to either team.

  • 7 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    We just lack quality in front of goal, we all to often get into the oppositions box and far too many opportunities are missed.
    Unfortunately it will take us doon.

  • 8 toonking // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    remaining fixtures the easy points are in caps

    Arsenal (A)
    Manure (H)
    Everton (A)

    WBA (H)
    Leicester city (H)
    Arsenal (H)
    Stoke (A)
    Chelsea (H)
    Everton (H)

    Southampton (A)
    city (H)
    Liverpool (A)
    PALACE (H)
    VILLA (A)
    Spurs (H)

  • 9 jimmysmith // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    We need Collocini, De Jong, and Cisse in. Also perhaps Tiote, for either Shelvey or Wijnaldum, though that’s a big call, but some more experience and quality is required. I understand the first casualty of the Tyne Wear Derby is the football, but neither side looked at all EPL quality, and that has me quite worried now.

  • 10 manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    wow half a billion spent and man city still have demachelis in defence

  • 11 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Evrybody now gunning for a SDj start, I agree. Cue SDJ injury during this break.

  • 12 sing in the corner // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Yeah I like what I am seeing with Lascelles..think he is coming on, with each game that goes by he’s looking more solid, more confident.

  • 13 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Spurs 2-0 up man u 1 up at City

  • 14 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Swansea will out pass and out pace us all day long.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Lascelles is decent in a fifty fifty, on the deck and in the air, but that’s where the comparison with a genuine EPL CB ends. He doesn’t maintain shape, loses his man at critical moments, and can’t play the ball out from the back. I know he’s still learning the ropes, but he really shouldn’t be in there, and it’s a problem for us if he stays in.

  • 16 manxpie // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    toonkk swansea don’t out pass anyone anymore
    they have totally lost that quality

  • 17 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    IMO Benitez needs to rethink his preferred formation for one that will be more practical in the current situation. 4231 is all right for a confident attacking side which is the opposite of NUFC, although the side have been playing a lot better since the change in Manager. With 8 games to go and no confidence, I think we need to concentrate on being solid rather than continue risking possession with players that have little imagination or ability to carve out clear goal scoring opportunities.

  • 18 Blofal // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Started with this…

    -Janmaat – Mbemba – Lascelles – Colback
    Townsend – Shelvey – Wijnaldum – Sissoko

    And ended the game with..

    Anita – Mbemba – Lascelles – Sissoko
    ———–Shelvey – Wijnaldum
    —————–De Jong
    ——–Cisse – Mitrovic – Perez

    Can’t say Rafa didn’t go for it!!

  • 19 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:30 PM


    I voted for Lascelles because at least he is not the finished article, where as some of the senor defenders should be finished with.

  • 20 Blofal // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Lascelles is only 22. If we happen to stay up and he has one more full season under Benitez than I think he grow into a top player.

    Mbemba is only 21yrs old too.

    And with Colback suspended for the next 2 games I think we may see SDJ.

    And I think Sissoko worked well as a fullback. He is good at charging down the wing and putting balls in, but isn’t so good at finishing. That’s basically a textbook fullback right there.

  • 21 Thump // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Anybody have a link/can tell me what Gini said before the game? Noticed people talking about it but didn’t catch it.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Well we avoided complete disaster but it wasn’t good enough was it? We didn’t start playing until the second half. Very disappointing. It all comes down to the Norwich game. If we lose that it becomes very nearly impossible with our team as it stands. Doumbia must be a complete write off. Why bring him in? I suspect he’s carried an injury all along.

  • 23 toonking // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    toon KK

    you say that but based on our overall season newcastle might be ale to make up for a swansea defeat with victory against city, spurs or liverpool all teams who’ve seen ourselves give a good performance.

    First and foremost we must get that victory away to norwich otherwise we could be seen 9 points behind before that game begins.

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Things must be desperate indeed to bring in an injured striker on loan. Who’s idea was it? Charnley’s or Carr’s?

  • 25 toon kk // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    We have too give credit to Elliott today, I have to say he’s probably been our most consistent player this season.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Until Ashley and friends are gone this will be the way of things. Limping from one disaster to another. Sad to say and I’ll remain hopeful that we stay up but really with Ashley in charge it’s going to be nasty every season.

  • 27 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    I would argue Benitez started with this…

    -Janmaat – Mbemba – Lascelles – Colback

    And ended the game with..

    Anita —-– Mbemba – Lascelles – Sissoko
    Wijnaldum–De Jong–Shelvey –– Perez
    ———–——–Cisse – Mitrovic

    I’d say Rafa was desperate, lacks the instinct or personal to play a forward that will run in behind and midfielders that can not play a through ball.

  • 28 Blofal // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    We won’t lose another game for the rest of the season. Palace, Norwich and Villa to go down.

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    I thought Elliot, Mbemba and Townsend were our best players today toon kk mate. Sissoko promises a lot but delivers very little. Wijnaldum seems to disappear for long stretches. Colback played right into the mackem’s hands with the fouls. A very difficult ask of Benitez considering the players he has to choose from.

  • 30 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM


    Good point about Sissoko, he may have accidentally found his perfect position.

  • 31 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Still think Sissoko is best as a box-to-box CM. His burst of speed and power are much more devastating to a teams defensive shape when going straight through the middle of them and that creates space for all those around him, means the onus would be less on him to provide that final pass/shot also as he gives it wide or to the AM.

    Mitro I’m just disappointed there isn’t more to his game. Seems he can attack the ball with his head well enough, although not a against big, tough CBs so needs to learn to peel off to fullbacks more like for the goal. Tries hard enough, especially at home when he doesn’t have his episodic sulks.

    Gini and Townsend swapping wings throughout a match, Sissoko and Shelvey in CM and SDJ behind Mitrovic.

    If no LB recovered in time for Norwich, then it’ll have to be Anita.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Strangely delusional but fun to dream about Blofal mate @28.

  • 33 stuart no9 // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    first half — townsend with any credit ,, soko usual shyte . and get rid of that uselesss colback , total liability could cost us the game at any time ,
    Ive seen yoghurt turn quicker than him , he gets turned that much every game im surprised he dosnt spew up . get him gone , apart from that, happy with the point in the end . its a start . lets move on to next cup final

  • 34 AncientC // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley – You seem to be forgetting my original point, which was to put Wijnaldum on the right flank – which worked and created a goal.

    I can see the majority opinion believes Townsend had a better game than Sissoko. I didn’t state that Townsend had a bad game, but that in my opinion Sissoko was more likely to make something happen, so I would have opted to keep Sissoko on and take Townsend off.

    It is merely an opinion. Your opinion is different, I don’t claim that you are clueless because your opinion differs from mine. Is this starting to make sense yet?

    I will be honest, I believe that I am correct, but I can see the logic in the alternative opinion – I certainly would not be calling people “clueless” or say they are the type of fans that “do my nut in” because they wanted Sissoko taken off instead of Townsend.

    You can split hairs over it all you want, but Wijnaldum moving to the right flank, which I suggested, created the equaliser.

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Overall Shelvey has had far less impact than I thought he would. He’s had two very good games for us and the rest so far were quite average.

  • 36 Ron Knee // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:47 PM


    Cue the Everly Brothers!

  • 37 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Glad to see the back of Colback, his stupid fouls, throw ins that go back across the half way line and useless technique.

  • 38 beermonkey // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    wot happend to dooomba

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    More like the three stooges Ron mate. Larry (Mike), Moe (Lee) and Curly (Graham).

  • 40 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 20, 2016 at 4:58 PM


    For somebody that thinks it’s all opinions you seem to be heavily invested in needing to be seen to be right in the eyes of others, trying to use empiricism in football to back you up and mute others. Well the fans don’t seem to agree with your objective stats by and large. Fairly sure you said NUFC-83 had no point at one stage, now “it’s all opinions”. Right.

  • 41 Fostino // Mar 20, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Rafa right. ..let’s get quality on the pitch. game

    Anita/janmaat dememba/lascalles colo sissoko

    Townsand shelvey wini perex

    mitro cisse/de jong

  • 42 Toondulkar // Mar 20, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    De Jong was the perfect catalyst we need.With him we really looked different.Perez and wijnaldum cam into the game with him.I dint saw him lose any ball.He should definately start next game.His presence seems enormous.I think he gave me hope that we can survive.We need to win 4 games and i somehow think we can do it.Sam told that sunderland were playing too deep in the second half.But i think the substitutions were phenomenol.Sissoko is 5 times better than shitty crap shit Colback at left back.My team for next gae

    Anita Colo Mbemba Sissoko
    Wijnaldum Shelvey Townend
    De Jong

  • 43 In Rafa We Trust // Mar 20, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    I thought Sissoko was our best player by far today! Going forward he was anxious and did waste posession at times but his running and strength when tracking back were on point.. clearly demonstrated when it was like going from boy to man when he replaced the awful Colback.

    De Jong adds a touch of class and intelligence..should be starting and push Wijnaldum out to the right (he can actually deliver a decent cross – proven by the goal).

    hopefully Cisse can stay fit and start providing some goals from Mitrovic’s excellent hold up play

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