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Season 2013-14
mackems (a) Premier League

In association 


Sunday 27th October 2013, 1.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

 stadium of plight

Conditions: Scattered showers - a suitable description of both the weather and the visiting team.

Admission: 39




Newcastle United

2 - 1




5mins Cheick Tiote conceded the first corner of the game after blocking Altidore on the byline, with Johnson quickly taking a short effort as Newcastle switched off momentarily. Exchanging passes with Larsson, Johnson then flighted a right-footed centre from just inside the box to the far post, where Fletcher climbed above Dummett to head home from five yards. 0-1

Half time: smb 1 nufc 0 

With the rain falling steadily, United pressed forward down the left through Hatem Ben Arfa, the ball eventually finding its way across the field for Yohan Cabaye to try a shot that was blocked.

Recovering possession, Cabaye switched the ball back out to the unmarked Ben Arfa and he took a step forward into the box before stabbing a low ball across the area that was either a miscued shot or a hopelessly optimistic pass. 

Mathieu Debuchy made the most of it, appearing towards the back post to convert a low right foot shot from close range that deflected in off Westwood

A disputed free kick on the halfway line following a coming together between Tiote and Fletcher was taken quickly, with Cabaye failing to cut out a short pass to substitute Ki. Colback took up the running and found Altidore on the edge of the box, his mis-control nicely setting up Borini to smash the ball goalwards. Krul got a hand to the effort but couldn't keep it out. 1-2

Full time: smb 2 nufc 1

We Said

Alan Pardew said:

"I really feel like we've been done by a sucker-punch. The referee had a hand in that goal as well, because the linesman gave us a throw-in and I don't think that's a foul. We just switch off and they have capitalised from that.

"The free-kick wasn't a free-kick. Cheick (Tiote) is out of position and Yohan (Cabaye) misses the cut-off of the pass, and then we're open a little bit. We only made two or three errors in the second half, I think that's the only shot they've had - or the only chance they've had.

"They got the goal early and thats what you want for the first cross that comes in to be scored, thats difficult to take. But we settled down, it took us about ten minutes but then we started to get a little bit control over the game.

"But, of course, for them it was all about passion, running and closing us down and trying to capitalise on our mistakes. Thats all they offered.

"I think weve got a group thats experienced and I thought last
time round (the 0-3 derby loss last season), its different to this. Weve got a better group and I think well bounce back. But weve got two tough games and weve got to make sure were solid because these are two or three games that are going to test us.

"I hope the fans will be supportive of us on Wednesday because its an important game for us and we want to try and get through in the league cup if we can and set us up nicely for Saturday.

Were very disappointed as youd imagine. When you concede a goal in the 84th minute after youve bossed the game its tough to take. If wed got the second goal, the game would have been over. 

(Taylor) got re-injured on Thursday and with Colo we are unsure whether hes going to be okay for Wednesday. So weve got to make sure hes right for the Premier League and I think Chelsea is the next chance we can see him. 

"To be fair to
(Paul) Dummett I thought he did well to come into that. There can be no slur on him. He performed well.

They Said

Gustavo Poyet:

"This will change our season. I'm sure the players will be even more together and the fans will look forward to the next game.

(The arrival of Borini) was a moment when we needed to take risk. What a goal - the stadium nearly came down. For teams in our situation, when you concede a goal the players would hold for a result. We were talking in the week about not stopping. 

"Conceding goals happens - I'm still looking for a clean sheet and from here we need to build. It gives us everything. We needed something. Now there is no excuses, we can go next week and win another game and continue to improve. 

"We have done nothing. It was nice for us and the fans but we need to keep winning games."


The 149th senior competitive Tyne-wear derby ended in defeat number 47, with the draw count unchanged on 49 and United stuck on 53 victories. We've scored 222 and conceded 219. 

Mathieu Debuchy struck his first Newcastle goal, making him the 111th different Magpies Premier League scorer. 

After two sub outings, Paul Dummett was handed his first Premier League start, with Mapou Yanga Mbiwa suspended and both Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini unfit. The latter actually joined the Newcastle side for a pre-match warm-up on the pitch but wasn't in the matchday 18. 

United extended their run of scoring on wearyside to 14 games, including all 11 visits to the stadium of plight. Their last nil return came in the first leg of the promotion playoffs at Roker Park in May 1990 (a 0-0 draw).

In five managerial meetings between them in as many years, Gus Poyet has never lost to Alan Pardew's side. This victory came on the back of FA Cup wins for Brighton in each of the last two seasons, a 2-2 draw between Southampton and the Seagulls in 2010 and a 1-3 Brighton win at Southampton in November 2009, the latter Poyet's very first game as a manager.

Days out at the dark place - last 20:

2013/14 lost 1-2 Debuchy
drew 1-1 Cabaye
won 1-0 R.Taylor
2010/11 drew 1-1 Nolan
2008/09 lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 drew 1-1 Milner
2005/06 won 4-1 Chopra, Shearer(pen), N'Zogbia, Luque
2002/03 won 1-0 Solano
2001/02 won 1-0 Dabizas
2000/01 drew 1-1 A.O'Brien
1999/00 drew 2-2 Domi, Helder
1996/97 won 2-1 Beardsley, Ferdinand
1992/93 won 2-1 og(Owers), L.O'Brien
1991/92 drew 1-1 L.O'Brien
1989/90 drew 0-0 (playoffs)
1989/90 drew 0-0
1984/85 drew 0-0
1979/80 lost 0-1
1979/80 drew 2-2 Davies, Cartwright (LC)
1978/79 drew 1-1 Withe

All Time Tyne-wear stats:

  P W D L F A
SJP 68 31 18 19 118 101
SoS/JP 69 20 25 24 92 101
League 137 51 43 43 210 202
SJP(PO) 1 0 0 1 0 2
JP 1 0 1 0 0 0
SJP(FA) 5 1 2 2 5 9
NR/JP* 3 1 1 1 3 2
SJP(LC) 1 0 1 0 2 2
JP 1 0 1 0 2 2
Cup/PO 12 2 6 4 12 17
Tot 149 53 49 47 222 219

(includes the Newcastle East End FA3QR game at Newcastle Road in 1888)


Alan Pardew became the first Magpies manager since Joe Harvey in 1967 to endure back to back Tyne-wear derby defeats, following a stuttering display from his side that lacked both intelligence and endeavour.

Trailing to a fifth minute Steven Fletcher header from a corner that wasn't properly dealt with, the lifeless black and whites were restricted to long-range efforts for the remainder of the opening period.

Matters looked to have improved after the break though when Mathieu Debuchy emulated Paul Dummett's effort against Liverpool - ghosting in unattended at the back post to fire past Westwood in the 57th minute.    


Without a win in their previous dozen league outings, the mackems looked at that point to have reverted to type - conceding possession and territory as United went in search of further goals.

Despite the presence of both Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi on the field by then though, the visitors again struggled to provide any sort of service into the box,

scuffed efforts from Yohan Cabaye and Ameobi never looking likely to produce any dividends.

Having seemingly settled for a draw though, there was to be a sting in the tail with just six minutes remaining, as on-loan substitute Fabio Borini slammed a rising shot beyond Tim Krul for only his second-ever Premier League goal after netting at SJP for Liverpool last season.

There was some controversy over the move that led to that goal, referee Lee Probert over-ruling his linesman and penalising Cheick Tiote for a foul rather than giving Newcastle a throw as indicated close to the halfway line.

To focus on that incident however as the turning point in the match ignores a string of sub-standard performances from the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, both of whom remained peripheral figures despite a number of tactical reshuffles by Pardew during the first half.

Chief goalscoring threat Loic Remy had his poorest game in a Newcastle shirt, while Hatem Ben Arfa saw plenty of the ball but was only able to contribute the cross-shot that Debuchy latched on to for the equaliser.   

Fears that the makeshift back four would struggle were duly realised, but in fairness to Paul Dummett on his first start, the contribution of the more experienced Davide Santon was no better. 

The area of greatest concern to those watching from the upper tier of the North Stand though lay in an apparently poor attitude shown by the visitors to the task in hand.

Recovering from going a goal down but failing to then go for the jugular and place genuine pressure on a woefully bad mackem side raises questions marks about the motivation and organisation on and off the pitch, regardless of whether we lost or drew today. 

For all the sound bites from the manager about the righting the wrongs of last season's 0-3 mackem home loss, the evidence of today was that his words fell on deaf ears in the dressing room. That was exemplified by the fitful contribution of Cabaye, who like Ben Arfa can hardly be accused of putting himself in the shop window.

And while we're not quite in the perilous position that Gus Poyet finds himself in, this loss combined with the visit of Chelsea to SJP on Saturday makes Wednesday's League Cup meeting with Manchester City a game too far in terms of playing our strongest possible XI - something that will hardly endear Pardew to Newcastle fans.        


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