FULL-TIME: SUNDERLAND 1 (Ba og) - NEWCASTLE 1 (Cabaye '3)
15.34 Thanks for joining me for today. As I said Pardew looked happy
enough with the point, and at times Newcastle were hanging on for dear life
but I can't help but feeling that was two points dropped. Sunderland did not
really look like scoring and ultimately had to rely on a hotshot like Ba to
do it for them. If you're in the mood for more football my colleague Alan
Tyers is on liveblogging duty for
15.28 If you like a heavy dose of charisma with your post-match analysis then I'm afraid you're out of luck. Here's John O'Shea:
I think we deserved the point. It was difficult but we managed to get the goal thankfully. They're great games to be involved with and I think you can see the atmosphere with both teams trying anything to get the win. Them going down to 10 men certainly helped us.
15.26 Some standard issue lolz from Gary Lineker:
15.23 Two points dropped for Newcastle? Alan Pardew seems happy enough, punching the air and walking on the pitch to salute the away fans. Here's how the bottom half of the table looks like after this match:
90+5 min Martin Atkinson blows for full-time and the game finishes a draw.
90+4 min We're into the final minute of the allotted additional four. Williamson is fouled in the box by Fletcher and that should be that.
90+2 min Gardner's shot picks up a deflection on its way out for a corner. Newcastle can only half-clear the ball and Sunderland keep the pressure on.
90+1 min Cabaye goes long with the corner and finds Williamson who heads the ball back into the area. It's harmless though and Sunderland get it clear.
90 min Free-kick to Newcastle. Cabaye sends the ball in towards a crowded penalty area and Saha heads it out for a corner.
89 min Sunderland inches away! The ball falls to McClean outside the area and he scorches a low shot towards goal that only just misses the target.
88 min Dangerous ball in from McClean is headed away by Santon but the pressure is still firmly on the visitors.
87 min Sunderland fancy a win now. They're going for it, you know? Wall of noise at the Stadium of Light and all of a sudden the 10 men of Newcastle look very vulnerable indeed.
85 min GOAL! SUNDERLAND 1 - NEWCASTLE 1 (Ba og) FINALLY! Sunderland have being laying siege to the Newcastle goal for ages now and it takes a Newcastle man for them to score. O'Shea flicks a header towards goal and it hits Ba on the way past Krul.
84 min Another switch for newcastle. Gabriel Obertan on for Ben Arfa. Williamson booked for a cynical taking down of Saha. Yet another "handy free-kick" for Sunderland.
82 min Corner to Sunderland after Simpson diverts McClean's cross away again. Larsson to take again. The ball makes its way towards the far post and Saha is unmarked! He must score! No! Side netting.... He really had to hit the target there but couldn't get his feet right and failed to connect properly with the volley.
81 min Newcastle break out through Ben Arfa and the Frenchman slides the ball through to Ba but the big man's shot is deflected and ultimately does not bother Mignonlet.
80 min Lots of boos from the Sunderland crowd as the outspoken Taylor enters the fray. A slight smirk from the defender suggests he almost enjoys winding them up.
79 min Change for Newcastle here. Steven Taylor is on for Coloccini, who was suffering with a bit of cramp earlier.
78 min Krul flaps at the corner but Coloccini is on hand to bring the ball out of defence. Ice cold.
77 min Saha releases McClean down the left wing and his cross is blocked out for a corner.
75 min Saha heads over from a corner as a cutting edge continues to desert Sunderland.
74 min Big chance for Newcastle! Superb aerial through-ball from Cabaye towards Ba. The Senegal striker brings it down but cannot conjur up a shot to follow the delightful bit of control and Sunderland survive a potentially fatal attack from Newcastle.
72 min Ba escapes the attentions of the Sunderland defence and aims to cut the ball back to Perch in the box. His pass is wayward, though, and Sunderland clear the danger.
71 min McClean drops a shoulder and reaches the byline. He puts in a routine ball in from the left that Krul manages to spill at the feet of Saha of all people. Luckily for the Newcastle 'keeper he manages to recover and pounce on the loose ball.
69 min Larsson loves that near post, doesn't he? He tries to beat Krul there again, but as with the other efforts it doesn't beat the Newcastle 'keeper. This one is out for a goal-kick in fact.
68 min Coloccini booked for dissent after Rose is fouled by a Perch/Ben Arfa double team. Free-kick to Sunderland outside the box.
67 min Ben Arfa has his hands all over Rose and eventually concedes a foul. Sunderland sweep upfield as their pursuit of a goal goes from energetic to frantic.
65 min Alarm bells ringing in the Newcastle defence as Sunderland descend on goal. Gardner goes on a mazy run and claims a free-kick after a challenge from Williamson. Atkinson keeps his whistle by his side and Newcastle breath a sigh of relief.
64 min McClean's effort on goal is deflected off Coloccini and out for a corner. Before the set-piece Sessegnon is replaced by Louis Saha.
63 min Saha's arrival is imminent. But for now the Sunderland fans have to put up with the 11 players originally selected.
61 min Arfa threads a delightful ball towards Ba. The striker is chasing it down with relish but Mignonlet does well to get out of his goal and clear the ball away.
59 min Santon fouls Sessegnon and Sunderland have a free-kick. Larsson sends the ball towards a crowded penalty area and the ball is headed out of play. Sunderland think they've won a corner but Atkinson signals for a goal-kick. Television replays show Williamson headed that one out, so it should have been a corner.
58 min Fletcher is dispossed by Santon on the edge of the Newcastle box. Just not happening for the star man today.
57 min Louis Saha is warming up on the touchline as Sunderland look to add a cutting edge.
55 min Stat attack from Infostrada:
54 min The free-kicks are mounting up now. PearceBet will give you 3/1 there's another red card in this match.
53 min It's fair to say the quality has dropped off a little in this match. Tackles are flying in though, which is a positive for fans of violence.
51 min Long throw from Simpson as Newcastle set up camp in the final third of the pitch. Pressure back on the hosts.
50 min Ba tackled from behind with his back to goal by Cuellar. Free-kick? No, says the referee.
49 min Sunderland on the attack with Larsson driving into the heart of the Newcastle defence. He reaches the byline and drills a low ball towards Fletcher. It's dangerous but Newcastle's defence do really well to calmly intercept and clear the ball away.
48 min Chance for Newcastle! Ba lets fly from outside of the box...it takes a deflection off Cuellar and could go anywhere! But it lands safely in the mits of Mignonlet.
46 min No sign of a new creative spark for Sunderland but sometimes sheer bloody mindedness can reap rewards and McLean is certainly hard-working. He wins a free-kick that ends with Fletcher heading a half-chance off-target and out for a goal-kick.
14.30 Players back on the pitch as the match restarts...
14.26 An image of a crumpled Fletcher and a protesting Tiote:
14.21 HALF-TIME WRAP Newcastle edged that half and looked far more dangerous in the final third of the pitch. Sunderland have seen plenty of the ball but when they enter the danger zone they appeared far less threatening than their visitors. In Fletcher they've got one of the hottest strikers in the league but he's not really received an appropriate level of service. Newcastle should be more vulnerable as the game goes on with one less player on the pitch. Can Sunderland capitalise?
45+3 min Half-time whistle blown with 10-man Newcastle on top. Sunderland badly in need of inspiration over the next 15 minutes.
45+2 min We've entered the second of three additional minutes. Newcastle have just one player in the Sunderland half and seem happy to soak up the pressure ahead of Atkinson's half-time peep.
45+1 min Well done, North-East:
45 min A goal for Sunderland before the break would dramatically change the face of this game but they just don't like grabbing it.
44 min McClean fouled by Cabaye but Atkinson plays the advantage as Sunderland build an attack. It's all a bit timid though and breaks down when a careless pass is hoofed away by Newcastle.
43 min Wild effort on goal from Gardner is skewed way off-target as Sunderland begin to run out of ideas. Energy drinks, rest, and fresh thinking required.
42 min Inoffensive ex-triple jumper Jonathan Edwards attempts to comment on football:
41 min Chance for Newcastle! Corner taken short to Collocini at the edge of the area and his low shot is parried out to Ba, who executes an acrobatic rebound that is blasted wide of the target.
40 min Sunderland piling on the pressure as they go in search of an equaliser before half-time. Problem is they just don't look that dangerous at the moment.
38 min Now then! The Mackem Slayer Ameobi has been sacrificed for James Perch as Pardew looks to tighten up after that Tiote red card.
37 min Free-kick is taken short to Gardner. He goes to hit on his left, cuts onto his right, and lets fly at goal. There's way too many Newcastle bodies in the way though and the shot is deflected. He meekly claims a handball in the box. But it's waved away.
36 min Williamson heads out a cross from the right to hand Sunderland a corner. O'Shea trots into the box to try and cause some mischief. Johnson's corner is a bit rubbish though and doesn't beat the first man. He gets another go from the clearance and wins a free-kick following a little trip from Cabaye.
35 min It's Gardner who takes....and what an effort! A dangerously fierce drive that swerves on its way wide.
34 min Free-kick to Sunderland. Gardner and that man Larsson stand by the ball.
32 min Rose on the overlap and the ball makes its way across goal to Johnson. Unfortunately for the chronically one-footed winger it comes onto his right. He attempts to swap feet but the angle's a lot worse for his favoured left and it curls off-target. In the scheme of this match that was one of Sunderland's better chances.
31 min Rank free-kick from Cabaye and it goes out for a goal-kick.
30 min Santon dances down the left touchline and heads towards the byline before he is felled by Johnson. Good free-kick position for Newcastle.
29 min The gas has been turned up and this potato pot is about to boil over.
28 min Penalty shout for Newcastle! The Lime Greens are shouting for a spot-kick after strong suspicion of a handball from Larsson! Atkinson unmoved though.
25 min RED CARD! Cheick Tiote sent off! The Newcastle midfielder is dismissed for a reckless studs-high challenge on Fletcher. "Red card all day long," says Le Tiss. He's right.
23 min Arfa escapes down the left wing before cutting back inside and spreading the ball wide to Simpson, who launches a cross into the box. It's easy for Mignonlet, though, and he comfortably claims it.
22 min Here's Ameobi's ouchie:
21 min Nice curling effort from Cabaye is tipped over the bar by Mignonlet. Never a goal but the 'keeper didn't want to risk it. Newcastle's corner to the near post is diverted out for another one by Gardner, but the officials miss it and a goal-kick is given.
20 min Ooooh! Ouch! Larsson and Ameobi fight for the ball and the Sunderland midfielder puts his foot up a bit high and fells the big man. Free-kick for Newcastle about 35 metres out.
19 min After a frantic start the pace has just dropped back to something fairly managable for players and livebloggers alike.
17 min Larsson whips in the free-kick to the near post with a rapid, bouncing effort on goal but Krul is on hand to collect the Swede's effort.
16 min Handy free-kick position for Sunderland just to the left of the box. Larsson and Sessegnon are over it.
15 min Former Southampton maestro Matt Le Tissier is on co-comms for Sky, and has won a fan today:
14 min Sunderland being allowed plenty of time on the ball, with Newcastle sitting fairly deep. They wait patiently before attempting to unleash Fletcher. It's a good ball towards him but Coloccini was wise to it and prevented Fletcher from threatening Krul's goal.
12 min Robust work from Williamson in defence, who holds of the attentions of McClean, winning a free-kick in the process.
11 min Good period of play from Sunderland comes to an end when Johnson's flirtation with the touchline goes too far and the linesman flags for a throw. The England man seems irked but Sunderland proving that they're still well in this match.
10 min A mail from Stephen, who seems pretty darn excited:
Get in ! Enough to make the mackems choke on their sugar puffs! ha ha ha ha Come on the Toon!
9 min Larsson breaks upfield and has options all over the place. But he holds on to it for too long and robbed of the ball. He claims a foul but again Atkinson is not bothered.
8 min Ameobi wins a header and the ball breaks to Ba. The striker is about to pounce until a Sunderland intervention takes the ball away from him. Free-kick? Looked like one but ref says no.
7 min Danny Rose, back in action after that dreadful experience in Serbia, tries to boot the ball upfield, but it's blocked out for a throw and Newcastle remain in possession in the Sunderland half. The Mackems regain the ball and Larsson puts in a teasing cross from the right towards Fletcher. The Big Scot is in the right place but he can't quite connect and only gets a heel to it.
5 min Free-kick to Sunderland about 40 metres out. Larsson stands over it, preparing to whip the ball into a crowded penalty area. He goes towards Cuellar, but the big defender mistimes his jump and cannot connect as the ball floats out for a goal-kick.
3 min GOAL! SUNDERLAND 0 - NEWCASTLE 1 (Cabaye) Ben Arfa skips down the right flank before threading a ball to Ameobi in the box. The angle is tight for the striker but he gets a shot away that Mignonlet can only parry. Unfortunately for the home side Yohan Cabaye is on hand to smack home the rebound to give Newcastle the lead.
2 min Sessegnon looks up and sees Fletcher making a handy run. It's a cracking ball, but just a tad on the heavy side and Krul collects.
1 min Ameobi breaks down the right flank for Newcastle and receives some hearty boos before poking the ball across goal. It results in a corner that Sunderland do well to (half) clear away)
13.28 Martin Atkinson blows the whistle and we're under way.....
13.27 It's incredibly noisy at the S of L. Think it's safe to say both sets of fans are up for this one.
13.26 The players are out on the pitch doing the handshake thing. Here's a screengrab of that naff green kit:
13.20 I'm hearing that Newcastle will be wearing a shocking lime green kit for this fixture. Don't remember that being part of the tradition. Anyone??
13.15 Not to be undone by his rival, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has also said words:
Shola Ameobi's in good shape and he gets the game. I wanted as many players on the field who get the game because it can pass you by. There's not a lot of intelligence in these games from players or managers. The key to winning it is to compete. There's no good being technically the best team or having a structure where you cause the opposition problems. You've got to compete and be the big players in both boxes.
13.13 Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has spoken:
I've been looking forward to this match now for some time and I hope we can perform on the day. It doesn't matter who we've picked - we just have to apply ourselves and play as well as we possibly we can. In derbies you need a little bit of luck, you need to very, very strong and durable. There's no secret behind winning derbies. You're delighted if you can win the game and it's often tinged with a bit of relief at the end of it. If you lose it you hang your head for a few months.
13.10 Another cracking stat from our friends at Opta:
13.00 Just over half an hour until kick-off. Got any thoughts to get
off your chest?
12.52 Sky Sports News hottie Hayley McQueen is at the game and enjoying a beer. Any of you preparing to crack one open to commemorate Super Sunday?
12.50 Looks like good weather in Sunderland. Here's a picture of a police horse outside the ground:
12.49 Here's a stat for you to chew on. Newcastle are still searching for their first away win of the campaign. Last season they won eight games on the road and picked up 27 of their 65 points away from St James' Park.
12.43 Shola 'The Mackem Slayer' Ameobi has scored seven goals against Sunderland in Wear-Tyne derbies. Here's an atmospheric look back at those goals:
12.40 As I mentioned in my slightly surreal introduction below, this is
a fixture which always delivers energetic and lively affairs. Have a read of
August 20 2011, Sunderland 0 Newcastle United 1
Sunderland were the big favourites going into the game having finished above Newcastle the season before.
Steve Bruce’s side had drawn against Liverpool at Anfield the previous weekend and were expected to avenge the 5-1 hammering at St James’ Park against a new-look Newcastle side still coming to terms with the loss of captain Kevin Nolan and striker Andy Carroll.
Instead, after surviving a torrid opening 20 minutes, Newcastle got to grips with their rivals, Sunderland lost confidence and Ryan Taylor won it with a free-kick. Newcastle went on to finish fifth and secure European football, Bruce never recovered and lost his job three months later.
12.36 TEAM NEWS: We've had the Newcastle team and now it's the turn of hosts Sunderland to reveal their line-up:
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea (C), Cuellar, Colback,
Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha, Westwood.
12.34 TEAM NEWS: Here we go. It's the moment you've been waiting for. It's the teams. Newcastle are first up, and it looks like Steven Taylor is not in the Newcastle starting XI, which is ironic given his comments earlier in the week.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Ben Arfa,
Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Ameobi.
Subs: Harper, Steven Taylor, Ferguson, Perch, Anita, Obertan, Cisse.
12.25 Good afternoon and thanks for joining me for live coverage of this North-East derby. It's Sunday, and you've all got roast dinner on the mind, so please allow me to deploy a kitchen-based analogy to set the scene for the game. If this match is a pot of potatoes then right now it's contently bubbling away on the stove. But the problem is the cook (read the players, managers and supporters) is slightly erratic and prone to fiddling around with the gas at any moment. So be prepared for this one to boil over. A bit like it did last season:
One would think that the lessons were learned after that pretty unpleasant altercation on the touchline. But Newcastle defender Steven Taylor decided to spice things up again this week by insisting none of Sunderland's players are good enough to get into his team:
We have said it all the time, we wouldn’t take any of their players. Even last year the gaffer said it, he has our team above Sunderland. Not even one player, not even one player on their bench, would get into our starting XI. That is the quality we possess.
Little bit cheeky from Taylor? Anyway, scene set. Please have a read of the below preview before we properly get going:
The North East derby is a dangerous animal for managers to tame and this looks like being a particularly decisive one in terms of where the two clubs head this season. A defeat for either side would instantly turn an indifferent start into a bad one, a victory would give both confidence and momentum. Sunderland have only beaten Newcastle once at home in ten attempts, but O’Neill has an excellent record in derby matches. It has all the ingredients for a rather tasty Sunday lunchtime clash.
Betting: Home 29-20, Away 15-8, Draw 21-10.
Stat of the game: Newcastle have scored one goal in each of their last four Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light.
Luke Edwards' prediction: Sunderland 2 Newcastle United 2.