Match Report 2000-01 - mackems (a)
Half time: Sunderland 0 Newcastle 0
67 mins. A disgracefully sloppy pass from the deeply disappointing Solano gifted them possession. Dirty Don loped up the pitch with ease and told everyone he was about to pass to Carteron. For some unknown reason Quinn gave up the chase, probably assuming that the in-form Given would deal with Carteron's shot. Unfortunately it slipped between the Irishman's legs. 0-1
78 mins. The dreaded triple substitution brought the under-used Griffin into the fray and it was his cross that Ameobi and then Cort managed to scuff across the six yard area to unlikely interloper, Andy O'Brien. He finished neatly with a right-foot sidefoot into the left corner for a glorious equaliser and his debut goal for United, in front of the wildly celebrating toon section. 1-1
Full time: Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1
Uncle Bobby said:
''It was a typical rousing derby with honours shared,
and it's nice for us to come back when we were in deficit and not lose a
match in a derby like that, -'it's quite important for us.
"He looked so solid all afternoon and I was beginning to believe he was unbeatable.
"I'm annoyed about conceding another goal but on the other hand we gained a vital point.
"Shay is an international goalkeeper and he played to that standard again at Sunderland.
"Everything which was catchable he caught and his kicking was superb.
"When we're away from home we need a very good goalkeeper and that's what we've got."
On his triple substitution "masterstroke":
The changes I made were designed to redress the balance, Daniel Cordone is always capable of giving us something down the left flank and we needed something better down that side. Unfortunately he got caught offside twice which was a little bit stupid.
"I thought Andy Griffin would give us a bit of strength down the right because throughout the first half Julio Arca and Michael Gray dominated that area.
"They were simply better than Warren Barton and Nolberto Solano and I was aware that we were second best."
"I had to do something. We were losing 1-0 and had nothing to lose and I knew it would have an effect. I've done it before and it's paid dividends and it came off again here."
On Nicos Dabizas:
"I started my first game for Newcastle against my former club, was involved in a win against West Ham on my home debut, and to score against Sunderland tops the lot.
"There's no doubt that goal represents the high point of my career and I know how important it was to the rest of the players and our magnificent supporters.
"To have played my part in such a significant match is a brilliant feeling, but spare a thought for Aaron Hughes. He has been superb all season and had not missed a league game until the West Ham match, but I got the nod in the derby.
"Even so, he was first on the pitch to congratulate us after the final whistle and I think that demonstrates the team spirit Bobby Robson is building at the club."
"I admit I wasn't the most exciting signing when I joined the club, all I can do is give 100pc and perhaps people will learn to appreciate me.
"Centre-halves are never the fans' favourites and it's no secret that I've been able to walk the streets of Newcastle without being recognised since I signed for the club. Now I've scored a goal in a derby that might be different."
Monkey's Heed said:
"We got in front to a great goal but 1-0 is never enough, and to be fair to Newcastle they kept going, but I couldn't ask for any more from my players - they were excellent."
"I thought Kev (Phillips) got pulled back and when Quinny got a knock and he (the referee) gave the free-kick the other way I don't know what game he was watching.
''I thought it was a good game. There
was plenty of passion. I didn't think it deserved nine bookings, but I
thought it was fiercely contested. I thought we were the better side and
deserved to win, but when you're 1-0 up you've got to kill the game off
and we didn't.
Now 8 games since we last lost on
wearside, 0-1 in season 1979/80.
Before: Walking into my usual pre-match haunt, it was easy to forget that today was actually an away game, as the usual faces in their usual states of inebriation were all present. The attraction of another televised derby match had lured many in for a quick jar, a mere six hours before our game kickoff, and the strain was starting to show on some faces, obviously suffering from PMT - pre-mackem tension....
Forsaking the dubious pleasure of an
unaccompanied journey to the nether regions of Tyne and wear, your
correspondent was only too glad to board one of the 37 free buses laid on
by the football club, a mixture of Hylton Castle (mackem?) coaches and
Arriva double-deckers. However, what had started off as a well-organised
excursion rapidly descended into farce as those with a well-filled bladder
were relieving themselves by the side of the road seconds before their
transport departed. Cue scenes of panic as buses moved off and trousers
were frantically done up before a dash down the road and a leap on to a
moving bus was required....
The surrealist elements of our support
had also been at work, with a large "SMB" inscribed on the
entrance wall of the toilets, thankfully in tomato sauce, not blood.
Thankfully virtually all toon fans
refused to take part in this orchestrated effort, and instead the black
and white cards in the away area were fashioned into paper aeroplanes....
or confetti. Call us killjoys if you like, but as much as the mackems
would wish, this wasn't the bloody cup final, and no trophies or medals
were awarded to the winners.....
Barton led the whole team towards the
celebrating away end, and threw his shirt into the crowd, followed by
Acuna and Dabizas, who also donated his sweaty vest to some lucky punter.
Solano didn't appear on the field, having presumably left for Brazil
shortly after being subbed.
Other ditties worthy of note included "mackem legs are what you break, walking through the toon" (not sure Sting would approve), "you'll never play in Europe" and "five pounds and you fill your ground" accompanied by mass waving of notes of that denomination.
Oh and that key jangling thing, that they really don't like at all.....
Usual thuggery from Quinn, who initially thought he
was playing in the Six Nations, as he picked the ball up twice when passes
reached him. Hutchison and Philips tried desperately to
start fights as the frustrations of their-below par performances seemed to
get to them. Sorensen was never tested, Arca looked a class
above anything on the park as he seemed to find time and space whenever he
got the ball amidst a congested midfield, and seldom wasted a ball.
After: following last year's
highly enjoyable spectacle of watching the mackems trample over each other
in their haste to swap post-match pleasantries with us, we were locked in
the ground for around 25 minutes while the tramps and urchins were sent on
their way. Hopefully the excellent baton work that the local constabulary
demonstrated last year was again in evidence to hasten their departure.
interview that takes place against a backdrop of 3,000 people singing "Peytar
Reid's got a f**king Monkey's heed" is of any use however is
At least it gave the hard pressed security staff on the metro extension a few peaceful hours before the pilfering and vandalism started again.....
One bus apparently lost it's windows
during the game, but otherwise unscathed, we gratefully got out of this
god-forsaken place and back to reality, via the A19.
Finally, a small cameo to sum up the rampant ignorance of this hellhole - a small child, perhaps five or six, standing by the side of the road throwing stones at the returning United buses. By his side, an obviously proud mother, passing her little angel the stones....
If these people weren't so damn funny, it would be genuinely sad.
PS - Police reported that 160 football-related arrests were made on matchday, some at the ground for breach of the peace and drunkenness, but the majority in Sunderland city centre arising from incidents involving Newcastle fans who didn't travel via the club's free transport.
Police were also called to attend a number
of fights in the no-man's land of Washington after the end of the game, as
rival fans who had been watching the match on TV clashed at three