Sunday 21 October 1.30pm

Sunderland 1
Newcastle United 1 (Cabaye 2)

It isn’t a surprise to see the ref getting his cards out in a derby match but when he manages to give Newcastle four yellows and a red but nothing for Sunderland, I think it is worth a second look.

Tiote’s was hardly a reckless lunge with both players having their foot up, particularly as the Ivory Coast midfielder was already off balance with Colback all over him. Ironic that Newcastle ended up with Tiote off and Coloccini a yellow, yet Newcastle got the free-kick. In isolation Tiote deserved a card but I would argue yellow, it is particularly ridiculous though when Larsson had already stuck his studs in Shola’s chest but the cards stayed in Martin Atkinson’s pocket.

To the ten remaining players’ credit though they instantly reorganised to try and make up for the one man disadvantage. Williamson had one of his most composed games after the surprise inclusion at the expense of the fit again Taylor, while Coloccini was nothing short of outstanding.

You can’t sum up the match any better than to say that even against ten men it took a Newcastle player to score for the mackems.

As the game panned out it is hard not to believe that Newcastle wouldn’t have won comfortably if we’d kept eleven men on the pitch.

The first twenty five minutes had seen Newcastle looking in total control after Yohan Cabaye’s excellent second minute goal had put the black and whit…lime greens ahead.

Shola had justified his inclusion by forcing the save from Mignolet that came back out for Cabaye to finish but along with the thirteen other players he will feel hard done by that his/their efforts didn’t equal three points.

Six minutes left and the latest of god knows how many hopeful free-kicks was launched into the box and O’Shea’s flick header was going wide, only for Demba Ba to inadvertently divert it past Tim Krul.

This brought back memories of Nolan putting Newcastle into the lead down their place only for Gyan to score with a rebound he knew nothing about.

The fact Krul hadn’t really had a save to make up until that point is credit to Newcastle’s hard work and composure despite going a man down.

We might have lost two points on the day but we may just have found our team spirit and proof that rumours of Newcastle’s demise were just a little premature.

Ba and Cabaye ran themselves into the ground and deserved better, indeed that combination almost put Newcastle two up only for O’Shea to just do enough after the Frenchman’s outstanding through ball. Demba was also unlucky with an acrobatic overhead kick that whistled over the bar.

Ironically the home side’s best player isn’t even a fully signed up member of the squad. On-loan Danny Rose kept Ben Arfa quiet and showed the most class going forward (which wasn’t difficult) after his bad experience in Serbia with England Under 21s.

The three poiints would have been a massive statement but surely Newcastle can take this moral victory and great team performance as a springboard for the upcoming matches.Still early days if they can build on this.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O’Shea, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 83), Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon (Saha 65), Fletcher

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (Steven Taylor 79), Santon, Ben Arfa (Obertan 84), Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas, Ba, Shola (Perch 39)

Unused Subs: Harper, Ferguson, Anita, Cisse

Referee/Sunderland 12th Man: Martin Atkinson

Crowd: 47,456

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  • Paul Soulsby

    No problem with Tiote’s red card, it was undisciplined, but Larsson should have been booked for that one, yet another referee bottle job at Albania sur la mer to go with the failure to chalk off ratboy the cuckholds equaliser for offside in 2000, award a penalty at 1 -1 just before half time in 2008 or award a penalty and send off Larsson,(him again) for handling Barton’s shot on the line last year.

  • Mr T

    Referee was terrible today. Inconsistent doesn’t cover it, his use of the advantage rule was shocking (and that was for the mackems!). How they ended up without one player being booked is ridiculous. Thought the red card was harsh given he’d already blew for our free kick but we played well considering and Colo and Williamson were outstanding

    • biggazza

      Cuerra took ba from behind and gardeners cynical taking out of santon Atkinson Your a disgrace

    • Eric W Edwards

      Agree. Another example of referee’s playing to the home fans. Atkinson was a disgrace. Trouble is Manky Utd get away with it almost every home game. Still think Steve should have started which would have given a psychological impetus and Shola should have stayed on too.

      • Mal

        I can’t understand your comment regarding Taylor should have started. Williamson was absolutely outstanding and the only reason we didn’t win was because Tiote got sent off. When it was 11 v 11 we absolutely outclassed them and looked quite comfortable even with 10. No way could we have remained with 2 strikers and, again, Ba was outstanding playing up front on his own. Shola would never have lasted the 90 minutes playing the lone striker. I think Pardew got all the selections and substitutions spot on – Tiote’s reckless challenge is what cost us.

  • Big Al

    Without doubt Atkinson may as well have been wearing a red and White Shirt. Mclean Larsson and both their central defenders got away with murder and yet the moment they went to ground free kick given.
    However lets not gloss over the fact that Tiote has been a red card waiting to happen all season. His tackling has become more reckless than ever and gave Atkinson a very easy decision to make.Even worse when you take into account he had already won the free kick. Without this lunacy if we had kept 11 players on the park we would have won comfortably..Hopefully will be fined the maximum amount and Shola took care of him in the changing room..
    Everyone else in a toon shirt a hero, with Colo having his best ever game in a black and white shirt

  • cheese

    it wasn’t Colo who got the yellow after tiote’s red, it was amoebi

    • themagonline

      Apologies, though the two players often get mistaken for each other….not! The author got a bit carried away in the derby atmosphere.

  • Vasey

    It was never a red card. Tiote was trying to win the ball,and though it was late it was a cautionableoffense, not a sending off one.

  • glasshalfempty

    it was a late challenge but yellow would of been enough, that’s why players wear shin pads. As usual down there the ref was not strong enough to clamp down on the home teams reckless tactics.

  • Tone Army

    Ref was atrocious, felt like 10 v’s 12 at times, spoiled what could have been a great game, still with 10 men we showed the difference in class between the 2 teams.
    Scumderland look like relegation fodder to me, “we have only lost one game” they have only won 1 too, and I think that is still only 1 win in about 14 games, relegation form that is.