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Sunderland – The unhappy Halloweiners! Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland.

Posted on October 31st, 2010 | 88 Comments |

Shola on the mark again against Black Cats.
Shola on the mark again against Black Cats.
Newcastle asserted themsleves as top dogs in the North-East yet again this afternoon as they thumped local rivals Sunderland 5-1 at St James’ Park this afternoon.

Whether it be the manner in which their team capitulated, or the fact that they lost so badly, or the fact that their team simply didn’t bother to turn up, there can be one thing that will be certain – the streets of Wearside will be full of froth and dribble this fine Halloween evening.

The headlines will no doubt be taken by captain Kevin Nolan who inspired the victory by bagging a hat-trick, so I thought I would take a different approach and put up a picture of Shola Ameobi as he bagged a brace in the game and continue his fine goalscoring run of form against The Mackems. Realistically though, there was an awful lot of good performances out there on the St James’ Park pitch today and each and every one of them can feel justifiably proud of their respective performances.

Chris Hughton, a target of ridicule from some fans and pundits throughout the week, made nine changes from the side that lost against Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Wednesday with the only survivors being Mike Williamson and Tim Krul. It was perhaps an unsurprising line-up that matched the side that won 2-1 at West Ham last weekend.

With the atmosphere in the stands reaching fever pitch the game kicked-off, and it was Newcastle who started off the brighter of the two sides. The home side went close to scoring through Andy Carroll and Joey Barton, who were both denied by Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet.

But it was from the resultant corner that the deadlock was finally broken when central defender Mike Williamson got up well to head down Barton’s corner for Kevin Nolan who sent the ball into the roof of the net with an acrobatic overhead kick which sent the Toon Army into raptures.

Just eight minutes later it was 2-0. And it was that man Kevin Nolan again who controlled a wild Andy Carroll shot to finish cooly past Mignolet in the Sunderland goal. Nolan was unmarked in the middle of the penalty area as the Sunderland defence went missing, but he still had a lot to do and slotted into the back of the net with aplomb.

Pancake face Steve Bruce brought on Asamoah Gyan – Sunderland’s massive club record massive, huge signing – to try and liven up Sunderland as an attacking force. It didn’t work though and Shola Ameobi made it 3-0 before half-time from the penalty spot after Jonas Gutierrez was brought down in the box by Nedum Onouha.

It was turning out to be day to savour for the home faithful and one to forget for the away fans, although most of them disappeared at half-time, never to be seen again.

Those that did stay will have seen no real improvement from their side in the second-half as Newcastle continued to dominate proceedings despite another shuffle of the pack from Steve Bruce that saw Sunderland change formation to a more conventional 4-4-2 system.

The home fans, apready in superb voice, had yet more reason to cheer after 53 minutes when former Newcastle defender, Titus Bramble, saw red for bringing down Andy Carroll who was through on goal. Titus really gave us a glimpse of what we are missing, and to be fair he was getting tortured by Carroll and Shola Ameobi anyway and will probably be relieved that he was heading for an early bath.

Newcastle made it 4-0 on 70 minutes as Shola Ameobi bagged his second of the afternoon. Carroll thumped his header against the crossbar only for Amoebi to race on to the rebound and smash the ball into the back of the net.

The race for the match ball was on between Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi. And it was those two combined to score Newcaste’s fifth of the afternoon. Ameobi headed a corner across the face of the goalmouth which found the head of Kevin Nolan just two-yeards from goal where he applied the finish to ensure he became the first player for 25 years to score a hat-trick in a Tyne-Wear derby.

The twelve or so Sunderland fans who stayed seated until the bitter end saw their one-man-band-wagon, or Darren Bent as he is otherwise known, score a consolation goal for them just before the final whistle. It was a goal that Sunderland barely deserved in all honesty.

A great day to end the troubles of the last week and put a smile on the faces of Newcastle fans the world over.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle – Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll.

Subs – Ole Soderberg, James Perch, Ryan Taylor, Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger.

Sunderland – Simon Mignolet, Nedum Onouha, Michael Turner, Titus Bramble, Phil Bardsley, Steed Malbranque, Jordan Henderson, Lee Cattermole, Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, Danny Wellbeck, Darren Bent.

Subs – Craig Gordon, Kieran Richardson, Paulo Da Silva, John Mensah, Anton Ferdinand, Bolo Zenden, Asamoah Gyan.

Attendance: 51,988.

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88 Responses

  1. Just watched Steve Bruce’s interview on the BBC site and he comes away from that with a massive amount of credit…no complaints about any decisions and best team won.

    now……lets take the piss out of Makems every chance we get!! ;)

  2. when can i place a kiss on CH’s forehead? what a day lad….. what a fruitting day :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  3. Toonsy i’m sure you didn’t have to much bother penning this one as there was so many positives to talk about I dont think any of our players had even a below par performance ;)
    I really hope this can start a good Home run and make the players feel less nervous about playing at home from here on in.

  4. We conceded a goal!?!?!??! HOUGHTON OUT :D

    anyone notice the anti-newcastle line up they had for the pundits on sky? ready to sink their claws into us if we played badly. unluckily for them they didnt have a chance to vent their spleens

  5. Think I’ve been bad, got a warning for shouting “get off you raping bastard” got another when a mackem tried sitting at my table and I told him “you can sit there but I wouldnt Fu(king advise it you stupid Fu(king (unt, then I tried to get all the sulking mackems to pose for a facebook picture, things got bad then. Kevin Phillips on MOTD2 :)

  6. Nolan in my ff league richietoon, but who give a shite about that, not me today, are you on facebook richietoon?

  7. jay jay, I havnt looked at it but think I’ve done crap this week.
    Not on fb, long story but was ganna get me into botha so binned it ;-)

  8. jay jay…aye, just some messages off one or 2 lasses I used to kna…been doon that road before so just removed the temptation all together :-)

  9. ‘Pancake face Steve Bruce brought on Asamoah Gyan – Sunderland’s massive club record massive, huge signing.’

    Alright, caallm down ccaaaalllm down. :)

    Aye Philips, the awldest outfield player in the prem, must have booked up for MoTD thinking the scum were gonna do us. wan#er.

    Must say Simpson looked the part today, apart from the odd holding off. Would be fantasy to think he could come good? Possibly maybe surely not?

  10. ”OH IT’S SUCH A PERFECT DAY, I WANT TO SPEND IT WIV YOU!’

    This time Brambel didn’t score against his old employers, just got sent off. :)

  11. I’m blitzed and to be fair I haven’t been happier at a football match in a long while. I literally went crackers for every goal, running along the balcony like a teenager. They were dreadful, I mean it was literally a cliched horror show.

    Oh before I forget, despite all the bollocks, I fecking love my club.

  12. Buzzing… bit hammertimed now like but still a BUZZING glow of joy inside. Dreams come alive.

    I’d like to officially retract and personally beg apology for any history of any negative statements I might have ever made alluding to the non-brilliance of Mr Foluwashola Ameobi or Cpt Kevin AJ Nolan. My lawyers promise to beat me with a mackem should I transgress in future.

    I hope everybody else does the same.

    I mean, come on.

    Lots of us were very wrong. At least we might have been right on Titus :)

    These guys were gods today.

  13. Still laughing. Still f***ing laughing. And I think I will laugh for a long long time.

    Do you think Supermac is laughing? Who gives a sh**!

  14. you know what these victories tell me?random 6-0 vs villa and 5-1 vs the mackems?it tells me that the black and white strip really means something to these players, because i’m sure you all remember the villains at villa park having a laugh at our expense.i guess we showed them..as for the derby, what can i say.i’m as proud as punch.never saw that coming.serves those fools right.
    Howay!

  15. i don’t mean to put a dampener on the mood lately but i’ve been playing close attention to mike williamson.and what i’ve noticed is that for a centre back he’s all too happy too stray miles from his position to tackle someone in midfield leaving a gaping hole in the middle.i think hughton should tell him to be more restrained.

  16. Sober reflection on the game, i am still amazed that Hughton has moulded the players into the team we now have, we passed it, crossed it, tackled it, ran at it, around it, fought it, scrapped it, bullied it, smashed it into the net, and gave every last ounce of what they had to a man.
    Special thanks to the media for the extra motivation, keep it coming and i am so looking forward to 6pm tonight for the Legends on Century, bring it on motormouth.
    When you look at other big money signings going through the motions these days, and the mackems had a few yesterday, it makes me wonder if Ashley has stumbled upon a rough diamond in Hughton by accident, he has got to realise what he has got and make sure he keeps it.
    It has taken me a while to warm to him, and also players like Ameobi but they blew me away yesterday, we now have a future and its up to Ashley to give Hughton whatever he needs to build on it.

  17. bowburnmag says:
    November 1, 2010 at 12:01 am
    I’m blitzed and to be fair I haven’t been happier at a football match in a long while. I literally went crackers for every goal, running along the balcony like a teenager. They were dreadful, I mean it was literally a cliched horror show.<<<<< heres me thinking we played well , so when we win the other team are shite ,and when we lose we are shit ,got it now were just shit

  18. Anyone agree that Karma is in action at Man City, there is a god in the sky after all.
    One of my many pre derby muses was that as we have had jack shit off referees all season, wouldnt it be nice to get a decision or two today, after the first ten minutes or so it didnt look too good but then the big fella upstairs must have sent my message to porky Dowd via his earpiece and hey presto, he got stuck into to them.

  19. Richie, i saw his debut against Liverpool and i used to spend money in his clothes shop in the town when on leave, he was my idol but after hearing him gobbing off on the radio, i wouldnt piss on him if he was on fire.

  20. Got to respect CH for his job so far , don’t expect much from Arse match next week , However 14 points from 10 games in premier is very good , so 14 from 11 will be equally as good , be nice to win Blackburn match mid next week to get back on track …UP THE MIGHTY MAGS , and shut the F***K up Mr Macdonald and let wor CH do his job please !!

  21. some of the commentators comments from the match he said if we pick up 4 points in each month that would get us to 40 points and safety

  22. bbb…He was the same when he wrote in The Pink saying Shearer was finished,Shearer was past it… fast forward a year or two and Shearer was the best thing since sliced bread.Obviously we can all change are minds but at least admit you were wrong rather than deny you ever said it.

  23. Richietoon @30…just heard that Sunnerlund have bid 5 million for the toon mascot the sad tw@ts…!

  24. Munich :lol:

    Take That have announced they’ll be playing at the stadium of light next year…I’v got a tenner on them winning 3-1 :-)

  25. Toonsy…great write up mate, you eat, drink and sleep the toon…like us all…
    There must be a few hangovers on Tyneside today like…paaarty !!

  26. Oh well,everyone is still ecstatic over the win.

    But here’s come the dreadful Nov And December Months.

    Here’s my pessimistic view of what our team can acheive for Nov Matches.

    Arsenal(Away) 0point
    Blackburn Rovers(Home) 1point
    Fulham(Home) 0point
    Bolton(Away) 3point
    Chelsea(Home) 0point.

    That’s 4points for Nov Matches. :(

    But what i do hope is that we can get all the points for our home matches,which can garner at least 9points. :)

    24points for 2010 is not far away,NUFC~~~!!!! Let’s meet that target. ;)

  27. Having listened to the first half, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

    A magnificent first half over, I was sent to the shops and unfortunately, it took longer than expected having had to pop into a Sky-tvd pub! What a performance, even the south-cost non-aligned topers were gob-smacked…. and Shola’s volleyed goal….. wow, that set ’em talking!

    But for me, the most impressive moments came at the end of the game. The genuine warmth the players (Nolan especially) showed towards Hughton was quite stirring.

    But moreso was Chris Hughton’s modesty in delfecting the credit he deserved towards the players. A true giant of a man who deserves more respect than our erstwhile owner appears to be giving him.

    Mr Ashley, sign Chris up before somebody else does and the players who’ve worked so hard for him, follow him. Then….. it’ll be like the season before last, all over again.

    Mr Hughton, you’re one helluva a man!

  28. so proud of the lads. They may not be world class, but i love em. I’d find it real hard to replace any of them today. Just hope they keep finding this form throughout the season.
    Aod- really don’t want to hear your pessimism but you are right. Tough road ahead more so for the games in bunches coming up. Dig deep lads!

  29. batty – nah man, we were quality.

    Nice to hear Hughton’s name being sung with such sincerity and gusto. There was a collective moment when we sang ‘Hughton wonderland’ and everyone applauded and cheered, as if to mock the daft rumours that we don’t rate him.

  30. bbc sport headline: “newcastle thrash 10-man sunderland” asif we didn’t thrash 11-man scumderland 3 nil…

  31. batty – he’s the best crosser of a ball we’ve got. Brilliant through the middle but puts a great ball in from out wide as well.

  32. Came home from the game with the biggest smile on my face, it was still there all night in the pub,when I went to bed and is still there now. Even got some of my mackem colleagues to answer their phones to me, but they only had two words each to say to me before hanging up. An immense performance, got to be one of the best games I have been to, and to see the unwashed leaving early…brilliant. :-))))

  33. Hungover what a performance every player was brilliant, I kno nolan n shola get the headlines but barton was man of match for outstanding, I’ve been hearing from pundits for weeks how good scum r n how poor we r n that was easy they were poor its unreal bruce had to match r formation coz there 5man midfield cudnt cope with r 4man midfield been waiting a full season to put dirty scum in there place n we’ve done it best match ever been to loved houghton wonderland chant, wonder supermac gotta say now tossa

  34. I just think,if Gutierrez could learn how to cross a ball we would be a match for any team.He just always seems to hit the first defender,it could have been double figures yesterday if Jonas could cross as good as Barton.

  35. 10/10 for all the lads yesterday.
    Same for CH & also the home crowd.
    They were really sucking the ball into the net, great showing.
    Nolan & Ameobi made us proud, Barton did what he’s been doing all season.
    The defense sucked the life outta their attack (?).
    They weren’t shit, we killed them & made ’em look shit.
    Some great goals too.
    :)
    So, was CH right in his selection midweek then?
    ;)

  36. My biggest concern, leading up to the game, was that CH would resist the temptation to stick with 4-4-2 that started at WHU and go back to cautious 4-5-1 with Nolan in the “hole”.

    Thankfully he has learned the lessons of playing too cautiously at home and has now reaped the rewards.

    IMO it makes a hell of a difference when you have two tall, strong, dangerous forwards playing high up the pitch rather than just a solitary figure with very few options. It allows our midfield more space to come forward and gives the opposing defence more challenges.

    It’s no coincidence that AC’s last two games have been 5 star performances and Shirley’s played his part too.

    So well done Hoots and all of his team, now for the Gooners :)

  37. Andy,
    the difference is Shola, cos he has skill on the ground. Nolan is still ‘in the hole’, just a deeper hole. More attackers gives the oppo defense more to do. Specially at home.
    ;)

  38. Feeling awful this morning like, awful. God knows what I said to Shola last night but I think it revolved around complimenting him and ripping it out of the mackems. This all still hasn’t sunk in yet

  39. I agree and I think Nolan plays better when he’s not the focus of attention from the opposing defence and can drift into space which the two front men leave for him.