Premier League

March 4, 2012


Newcastle United

1 - 1


Premier League

12:00 +00:00, March 4, 2012

St. James' Park

Referee: Mike Dean


    That's it for this one. A point apiece and the bragging rights are split this time.


    Shola Ameobi stole in at the end to equalise Niklas Bendtner's first-half penalty. Demba Ba later missed a second-half penalty for Newcastle.


    Nine yellows and two reds. That is true derby football there. Martin O'Neill will be fuming about his captain's ill-discipline.


    Cattermole sent-off well after the full-time whistle. A straight-red for dissent. Idiot.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland

  • 90'

    Another cross comes in and almost falls to Ameobi. Sunderland scramble the ball clear.

  • 90'

    Cabaye mishits a shot and it falls to Williamson. Chance goes gaping as he takes too long over the shot.

  • 90'

    Ball is launched into the area. Williamson knocks it down but Gardner clears.

  • 90'

    Gutierrez taken out by Gardner as Newcastle try to push forward again. Now he is lucky to escape a second yellow.

  • 90'

    Incredible stuff. What a finish to the game.

  • 90'

    GOAL Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland Ameobi has done it!!! Flick on by Williamson in the centre and Shola Ameobi stabs the ball in at the back post.

  • 90'

    Sunderland scramble the ball away as Ameobi almost reaches Demba Ba with a flick-on.

  • 90'

    Five minutes added time signalled..

  • 89'

    Tiote is a lucky man. Fouls McClean in midfield, but escapes a second yellow. Unintentional, but a foul.

  • 89'

    Peter Lovenkrands replaces Ryan Taylor

  • 88'

    Cabaye fires over from 25 yards after the ball is headed clear. Poor effort.

  • 87'

    Lovenkrands being prepared as a sub.

  • 86'

    Mignolet time-wasting, but with the ball in play. Time running out for Newcastle.

  • 85'

    All Newcastle. They are throwing everything forward, but to no avail presently.

  • 84'

    In the wake of the penalty decision there was also a spat between the two managers with Martin O'Neill viewing Alan Pardew's reaction as provocative.

  • 80'

    Campbell was booked for the tackle on Ameobi.

  • 83'

    Great save and then again from Ben Arfa almost immediately.

  • 82'

    SAVED Simon Mignolet saves low to his left, with Demba Ba the man denied.

  • 80'

    PENALTY Shola Ameobi tackled by Fraizer Campbell in the area. No contact on the ball.

  • 80'

    Richardson does better this time up against Ben Arfa. Manages to clear the ball, but Newcastle come again.

  • 78'

    Newcastle press relentlessly, but the Sunderland defence holds firm. Goal-kick.

  • 77'

    Ben Arfa causes big problems, cutting in on his left-foot and unleashing a shot. Well saved by Mignolet.


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  • 76'

    Corner cleared with ease. Newcastle have 15 minutes remaining.

  • 75'

    Massive appeals for hand-ball against John O'Shea, corner given.

  • 74'

    Great play from Ben Arfa. Bursts into the box on the right, beating two players, but takes one touch too many as the ball goes for a corner.

  • 73'

    Jack Colback replaces Seb Larsson

  • 72'

    Shola Ameobi replaces Papiss Demba Cisse

  • 72'

    Fraizer Campbell on for Bendtner

  • 71'

    Poor passing from Sunderland sees the ball put out for a throw-in. Time for some substitutions.

  • 70'

    Sunderland unable to hold up the ball now. It keeps coming back at them. Bendtner very isolated in attack.

  • 69'

    Cabaye shoots low from 20 yards. Easy save for Mignolet.

  • 68'

    Big shout for handball as Demba Ba rises in the area. Turner beat him to the ball, but only with his hand!

  • 67'

    Tiote for persistent fouling.

  • 66'

    Poor stuff now. An under-hit pass from Newcastle in defence, before a free-kick against Gardner in midfield for a hand-off.

  • 65'

    The ball comes out to Tiote 20 yards out. The ball falls for him to volley, but he shanks it wide.

  • 64'

    Back underway once more.

  • 63'

    Comes to nothing. Delay while Bardsley receives treatment.

  • 62'

    Corner to Newcastle, won by Jonas Gutierrez on the left.

  • 61'

    Ben Arfa beats his man with ease, but cannot slip Cisse through. The goal would have been gaping for the Senegalese man there.

  • 60'

    Sunderland players are incensed, despite the correct decision. Unlikely to be the last red today at this rate!

  • 59'

    Tiote made a meal of it, but it was a definite red card. Stupidity from Sessegnon.

  • 58'

    Sessegnon Elbow on Tiote in the midfield.

  • 57'

    What a save! Tim Krul makes a terrific double save to deny first Phil Bardsley, then James McClean with the second when the goal was gaping.

  • 56'

    Michael Turner heads the ball clear from Ryan Taylor's cross, but Tiote shoots well wide fro, 30 yards.

  • 55'

    Now Sunderland try to break quickly, but Bendtner's pass towards Sessegnon is too hard. The former-PSG man was offside also.

  • 54'

    Newcastle calming play down once more. They would like this to become a passing game in midfield.

  • 53'

    This time Sunderland clear, but Newcastle put it back in and Mike Williamson's header is just wide of the post follwing a deflection.

  • 52'

    Ruan Taylor with a corner for Newcastle. Headed behind for a second-attempt.

  • 51'

    Gardner catches Coloccini late

  • 50'

    More free-kicks given across the pitch. Better play in the second-half so far, but still an edge to the game.

  • 49'

    Yohan Cabaye fires the ball at goal from just outside the area. Just wide.

  • 47'

    Now the balll comes in from the right and almost falls to Papiss Demba Cisse at the back-post, but a deflection puts it just behind him

  • 47'

    The ball is swung in from the left-flank and Demba Ba has a great chance, but his header is tame and wide.

  • 46'

    Taylor attempts to swing it to Cabaye outside the area, but it is behind the Frenchman.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF is underway and within seconds Ben Arfa wins a corner.

  • 46'

    Hatem Ben Arfa on for Davide Santon with Ryan Taylor moving to left-back


    Seems like there has been some incidents amongst the backroom staff at half-time. Some have been sent to the stands.


    Ok, almost ready for the second-period. The teams are on their way back out.


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    Been a tough slog of a match. Commitment is not in question for either side, but the style of play is suiting Sunderland.


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    Simpson clashes with McClean early in the half


    So, this one is going against the form-book. Six bookings in the opening 24 minutes however is exactly what we expect from this game!

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

  • 45'

    Ryan Taylor takes, but the ball sails harmlessly over the crossbar.

  • 45'

    Newcastle do have a free-kick 30 yards out though...

  • 45'

    Biig appeals for a penalty as Demba Ba appears to be bundled over in the penalty area. John O'Shea in fact has done excellently and wins the ball.

  • 45'

    Three minutes added time...

  • 44'

    Maybe not. From the second consecutive corner, Demba Ba rises high above Lee Cattermole and heads flush onto the crossbar. Unlucky.

  • 43'

    Long-ball into the Sunderland area isn't dealt with and the ball falls to Cabaye. A last gasp Sessegnon block sees off the danger.

  • 42'

    Santon miscontrols the ball in defence. Bendtner capitalises but, is well offside.

  • 41'

    Back underway once more. Cabaye will be ok.

  • 40'

    Worry for Newcastle fans. Cabaye is challenged by Seb Larsson and kicks the bottom of the Dane's foot. Looks in pain.

  • 39'

    Good header. Ryan Taylor swings it in to the far post where Coloccini busts a gut to get a header in on goal. Comfortable save for Mignolet in the end.

  • 38'

    Newcastle are attacking, but it is not fluid so far. They do win a corner though.

  • 35'

    The cross is cleared at the first-attempt, but the ball comes back to Larsson whose second effort is better. Coloccini does excellently to clear with a diving header.

  • 34'

    Sesssegnon receives the ball at the edge of the box and lays it off to Gardner. His shot takes a dangerous deflection and loops over the bar for a corner.

  • 33'

    Down the other end, Newcastle win a corner. Taken short and eventually swung in, but Ba cannot control the header.

  • 32'

    Bendtner does brilliantly. The Dane pulls down Larsson's free-kick on his chest, before spinning and unleashing a powerful effort at goal. Saved low to his left by Krul.

  • 31'

    The Newcastle fans are in uproar as Bendtner jumps in to block a clearance. No danger of contact with a player. Fans over-reacting now.

  • 29'

    Now it is Gutierrez turn to attack the right full-back. The Argentine wants a free-kick, but Mike Dein waves play on.

  • 28'

    McClean runs at Simpson down the left-flank. The former-Man Utd man gets a tackle in, but it deflects for a corner.

  • 27'

    Newcastle back in possession and looking to calm the game down. They have been shocked by that decision.

  • 26'

    Sunderland spring on the counter. Sessegnon runs at Coloccini before picking out Craig Gardner. Gardner's left-footed shot is blocked and cleared.

  • 25'

    GOAL Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland Bendtner from the spot!!! Penalty given for shirt-pulling. Correct decision. Bendtner finishes low to Krul's right.

  • 24'

    Williamson booked for a foul on Turner. PENALTY GIVEN

  • 23'

    Demba Ba booked for a late lunge from behind.

  • 21'

    Tiote as ever not backing out of a tackle, winning the ball off McClean in midfield. This game has become very scrappy.

  • 20'

    That rumble took a while to sort out. Play is back underway, but it is a heated environment now.

  • 18'

    McClean and Simpson McClean lunges in as Simpson clears. Then there are some handbags in the aftermath. Both players booked.

  • 17'

    Tiote receives his final warning after two fouls in quick succession. Another prime candidate for a booking pre-match.

  • 16'

    Sloppy passing from Newcastle gives the ball away, but not before Simpson has flown in on another tackle. Fair this time.

  • 15'

    Danny Simpson catches his man late again. Lucky not to have been booked.

  • 15'

    Sustained period of Newcastle possession. Sunderland defend it well and force Coloccini into a long-ball. Cleared.

  • 13'

    Cabaye booked for a slide on Bardsley. Contact looked minimal.

  • 12'

    Seb Larsson breaks into the box and plays the ball across the face. It comes out to Cattermole, but the ball is blocked.

  • 11'

    This time Tim Krul is quick off his line to claim. Wasted opportunities for Sunderland to test the defence.

  • 10'

    Corner was cleared by Tiote at the near post, but only to Kieran Richardson who completely miss-hits his shot. Another corner though.

  • 10'

    Hits Ryan Taylor in the wall, who was far from 10 yards back. Corner.

  • 9'

    Coloccini flies in on Sessegnon. Foul given. Larsson can deliver the ball into the area once more.

  • 7'

    Sessegnon looks to link-up with Bendtner in the box, but Danny Simpson sweeps around to tidy up any potential danger.

  • 6'

    Danny Simpson catches Cattermole late near halfway and Sunderland can get the ball forward. Too far though, claimed by Krul in the Newcastle goal.

  • 5'

    From the corner, a free-kick is given for a foul on the goalkeeper.

  • 5'

    Cross comes in from Ryan Taylor, but the ball is headed behind for a corner.

  • 4'

    Santon attacks down the Newcastle left and cuts inside, winning a dangerous free-kick for a foul by Larsson.

  • 3'

    Back underway and Tiote is back on the pitch after treatment.

  • 2'

    Cattermole is now suspended for Sunderland's next two games and must play ninety minutes on a booking. Martin O'Neill will be fuming.

  • 2'

    Tiote taking some time to get to his feet. That was not a pretty tackle.

  • 1'

    Cattermole booked for a reckless lunge on Cheik Tiote

  • 1'

    Straight away Lee Cattermole is caught on the ball by Demba Ba. Lucky to get away with it.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF Sunderland get us underway


    The teams are on the pitch, kick-off is approaching.


    Back in August was the last time the two sides met. Newcastle won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to a Ryan Taylor free-kick.


    So, Newcastle will be looking to strike duo of Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse to inspire the Magpies to victory. For Sunderland, Seb Larsson's set pieces and the creativity of Stephane Sessegnon will be the main threat.


    The last 6 league matches between these sides have produced 3 Newcastle wins, 2 draws and 1 Sunderland win.


    Newcastle are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 encounters with Sunderland in all competitions.


    The referee for today's encounter is Mike Dein.


    Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Richardson, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Gordon, Bridge, Campbell, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Meyler.


    Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Perch, Shola Ameobi, Obertan.




    Double Demba delight for Newcastle.


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