Graeme Souness and Gary Neville didn’t see eye to eye after the (Sunderland v Newcastle) derby match on Sunday…

If it is any consolation (which it is not) the north east derby has totally put the Manchester derby in the shade in terms of post-match debate.

A boring affair where two half-decent teams cancelled each other out, in direct contrast to Sunderland and Newcastle, two struggling teams who provoked so much chat after an incident packed game.

On Sky Sports, former Newcastle boss Souness slaughtered Fabricio Coloccini and said that as well as it being a definite penalty, he believed that Fletcher would have got to the ball and scored, so it was an automatic red card.

However, Gary Neville had a different interpretation of the incident and whilst he thought Coloccini could have been ‘more clever’, he thought it didn’t ‘feel like a red card’ and that Fletcher wouldn’t have got to the ball.

Graeme Souness speaking on Sky Sports:

“For me the correct decision has been made, Fletcher is going to get to the ball.

“I don’t know what he is thinking, Coloccini has cost his team. I think it is a red card as well.

The weight of the pass from Defoe is perfect, I think Fletcher is going to nip it around the goalkeeper and score. It’s a goal scoring opportunity being denied.”

Gary Neville:

“I thought it was clumsy from Coloccini and I think he could have been more clever. The ball wasn’t there to play – it wasn’t within his radius of control.

“Usually when you see a player stepping across someone they can shepherd it out for a goal-kick or back to the ‘keeper. He didn’t make it look like a coming-together, he thrust his shoulder in.

“I think it was a foul but the ball ran through to the ‘keeper and it didn’t feel like a red card. It did feel like a foul though and it was something Coloccini could have dealt with a lot better.”

The instant reaction from Newcastle fans/writers to Sunday’s match produced a whole range of passionate opinions as well, read them HERE.