Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1  Sunday 20 March 1.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle, to talk about some aspect of the match:

Nat Seaton:

“I can’t believe ‘hit and hope’ were the tactics that Rafa sent them out onto the pitch with.

“Were these the same players who were playing at Leicester?

“Thankfully we salvaged a draw and took 2 points away from them.

“Lots of work still to be done…”

Jamie Smith:

“I’ve at least downgraded from distraught to disappointed after Mitrovic’s face saver.

“There’s still some ground to cover in this season – and we have a chance – but today was not promising. Who would have thought Norwich City could win the Tyne Wear derby?

“There’s no option other than to beat them next, but I fear the worst.”

George Stainsby

“Stopping the run of derby losses is one thing…but a draw might not be enough in the long run.

“Jermaine Defoe might be the difference for them again.”

Paul Lyon:

“A poor performance that we’re fortunate to scrape a point from.

Talk from the toilets post-match was, ‘well it stops the rot…least we didn’t get beat’.

“Relief when we scored but these players need to show more heart if we’re gonna stay up.

“Might sound harsh but we’re running out of ‘next weeks’ in order to sort it out.

“Norwich is a another big game, but aren’t they all

“Howay man Newcastle FFS!!”

Ben Cooper:

“I thought it wa a poor game until it stretched out in the second half.

“They looked in control until Janmaat went off and we started playing with 11, he was rubbish again today.

“Luckily, the rest of the defence and Elliot covered for him.

“The goal was great and hopefully the start of some proper attacking play for the rest of the season.

“To get a point when a lot of our players were poor, seems like a step forward and they must know now that if they all play well for the next eight game then we are in with a shout.”

James Rutherford:

“HUGE goal from Mitrovic. If we had lost that, our survival chances would be very slim.

“The performance was typical of our recent form in the Tyne wear derby, but thank mitro the result was different.

“Strange tactics from Rafa. Sissoko at left-back was very odd, but the Spaniard showed he had multiple back-up plans unlike McClaren.

“Sissoko and Perez were woeful – and Gini was very poor until he came alive for the equaliser.

“Rafa has stopped the rot against the mackems, and there’s still signs he can keep us up. “

Leazes Park Ender:

 “I haven’t seen today’s game so this is purely a reaction to the result.

“The lines in football are fine. Very fine at this time of a season with so much at stake.

“At 0-1 I was thinking of a summer of upheaval and maybe Benitez leaving.

“At 1-1 we still have that hope of getting out of this mess.

“Fragile confidence hopefully given a boost. I say to the players ‘right, the Derby is over,  now let’s throw the kitchen sink at this’.

“As for the Mackems, it’s a huge relief not losing to them for a change. Not beaten them in 8 attempts but today we finally got some joy.”

Jamie Swan

“At least we didnt get beat. But I thought in a game we had to win we were pi** poor to be honest.

“Sissoko is not the answer. In a time where we need to be brave, he needs to be dropped. Gini in a holding role did ok but I would have had him in Sissoko role all day.

“We were very lucky not to concede more in the first half – but as I get more pi**ed and less inclined to type this passage – who gives a damn?

“1-1 still pants, hopefully less pants than Norwich and the red and white bells.”

Notts Toon:

“A hundred percent better in terms of effort and commitment. The most worrying thing for us is still the inability to carve out clear chances.

“The ref didn’t help proceedings and neither did the Mackem divers and time wasters.

“Mitrovic was a powerhouse today, a real warriors performance, and with better service from wide he could save us.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1

Goals – 

Newcastle: Mitrovic 83

Sunderland: Defoe 44

Possession was Newcastle 60% Sunderland 40%

Total shots were Newcastle 17 and Sunderland 14

Shots on target were Newcastle 8 and Sunderland 4

Corners were Newcastle 2 and Sunderland 5

Team: Elliot, Janmaat (Anita 71), Lascelles, Mbemba, Colback (de Jong 62), Townsend (Cisse 76), Shelvey, Sissoko,Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic

Unused Subs: Darlow, Saivet, Taylor, Riviere

Ref: Martin Atkinson

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