Highlights from the Derby at the Stadium of Light.
It all started so well for the Magpies with a goal after only three minutes from Yohan Cabaye. However it all went a bit “Pete Tong” when Tiote was given a straight red card after 25 minutes for an unnecessary studs up challenge when referee Martin Atkinson was already giving us a free kick, though it should also be said that the sending off was a little harsh. Not the biggest miscarriage of justice in human history perhaps, though a little harsh nonetheless. Sadly, it also curtailed Shola Ameobi’s Mackem slaying for the today as Alan Pardew sacrificed him to shore up the defensive side with the introduction of James Perch after around 40 minutes.
However, Martin O’Verrated’s Mackems were a toothless upfront, even after the belated introduction of second striker, Louis Saha, after 63 minutes, and it took them until a few minutes of the final whistle to finally make the most of their advantage. Even then it was an own goal off Demba Ba.
Oh well, we are still on track for our usual four points per season from the red and white side of the North East. Perhaps the worst of it was that Tiote’s straight red will leave him stuck on the naughty step for the next three games.
Post match interviews.
Alan Pardew post match interview.
Martin O’Neill post match interview.
Team / Match facts.
Score / Goalscorers: Sunderland AFC 1 (Demba Ba OG, 87), Newcastle United 1 (Yohan Cabaye 3).
Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, John O’Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Danny Rose; Adam Johnson, Jack Colback, Sebastian Larsson, James McClean; Stephane Sessegnon (Louis Saha 63) Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Kieren Westwood, Phil Bardsley, Matt Kilgallon, David Meyler, David Vaughan, Frazier Campbell, Louis Saha.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C, Steven Taylor 80), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 85), Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi (James Perch 39), Demba Ba.
Substitutes: Steve Harper (G), Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse.
Yellow cards: Fabricio Coloccini (67), Mike Williamson (86), Yohan Cabaye (88)
Red cards: Cheick Tiote (25).
Referee: Martin Atkinson.