diagonal ball over halfway was seized upon by Colback, who turned neatly
away from Anita before threading a pass between Sammy Ameobi and Davide
Santon to the overlapping Adam Johnson on the right flank.
Spotting a dash into the box by Phil Bardsley, Johnson flicked the ball
between Santon and Sammy and the Dutch midfielder barged into his opponent
for an obvious penalty. Fabio Borini fired his right footed spot kick into
the roof of the net before clambering on to the advertising hoardings
beside the Leazes End goal - a celebration that earned him a booking
23mins Sissoko's attempt
to find Mathieu Debuchy on halfway was blocked and with the United right
back out of position, Borini pushed the ball forward to Jozy Altidore on
the left wing. The visiting forward's first-time lay off infield to
Colback took Mike Williamson out of the equation he strode into the box
with only Steven Taylor between him and Krul.
The Killingworth-born midfielder tried his luck with a left-footed effort
that deflected off Taylor and looped towards goal, Krul palming it away
weakly as it dropped but with Santon loitering for no good reason, Johnson
followed in for a routine finish. The sort of goal we rarely score
Half time: NUFC 0 SAFC 2
shot pass to Ben Arfa in the centre circle saw the Frenchman fold under
pressure from Colback. While Ben Arfa pleaded for a free kick, Johnson
took off towards goal with Colback shadowing him. One simple pass in the
box and Colback shot across Krul from a narrowing angle as Williamson
Full time: NUFC 0 SAFC 3
"The better team won for sure - of course I am disappointed
at the result and performance.
"We were not our usual selves today,
perhaps we were too hyped up but everyone was giving the ball away, and that is
a little unlike us and we struggled to be honest.
"Although we created chances we never
really had the conviction to score, and we have taken two big parts of goal
scoring out the team and we are going to have to reflect on this result and look
at ourselves and make sure we are strong between now and the end of the year and
maybe go back to basics.
"We came up against a Sunderland team we knew were in good form and once
they got that first goal it raised their game and disjointed us, and we tried to
chase it and rush things around the box when we are normally much calmer.
"You don't want to lose to your rivals
and in these circumstances which has happened two years in a row now but we have
to be strong. We have to remember where we are in the league and how we got
"It is about taking stock now. We know
how important it is to the fans and the memory is not going to get wiped away
but we are professional and we have to get ready for a tough game with Chelsea
and get ourselves a game plan that will work as it didn't work today.
"I have to be honest, the decision on
Norwich baffles me, that a guy - in my view - cheated like (Bradley)
Johnson does and gets off a red card and our guy (Loic Remy) stays on it,
I don't get that.
"We lose (Yohan) Cabaye and
don't get another transfer in, it has been a tough week, so we have had a few
blows leading up to this game.
ďOf course I understand the anger and frustration. It is the third defeat we
have had in a derby. It mirrored the game last year to a degree. You have to
have to accept the criticism.
"When you lose a player of Cabayeís class,
you want a replacement. But he didnít arrive, and I have to accept what was in
my kitty today and going forward. I have to try to get the best out of the group
I have got.
"Loic Remy was a big loss today because we created chances, but there was a
lack of conviction in our finishing today, which he certainly doesnít lack,
and he was a big loss today.
"A lot of the play went through Yohan,
so weíre going to have to change our style. We havenít played well. We came
out of Norwich game with our confidence high.
"After the first goal went in, we chased the game and got edgy - we
didnít really trouble sunderland. I think the first goal was an important
factor. We made a mistake on the goal - after that everything was forced and
"In these derby games, youíve got to
have composure, and sunderland had more composure. We had chances, but we lacked
conviction. The quality of the shot and the quality of the pass was not there.
"That was a key factor, had we got it
to 2-1, we could have got the crowd involved. Youíve got to compete in this
fixture, but youíve also got to have bravery on the ball. We didnít have
Press conference transcript as reported by the Telegraph:
Q: Itís a tough question to ask you but is the club, as it stands, capable of
making permanent signings?
Pardew: Well Ö
Press officer: I think thatís an unfair one to ask the manager.
Q: But itís two transfer windows without one now and Alan said Ö
Pardew: Iíve got no comment to make on that one.
Q: You said at the start of last week that the club canít not replace Yohan,
but thatís exactly what happened.
Pardew: I didnít particularly say in this window though. I said, you know, weíve
got to get players of that class, thereís no doubt about that. So donít try
and angle that for this window because I think thatís unfair on me.
Q: You said Ďwe need to bring someone in, for sure. We canít lose someone of
his quality and not replace him. That would leave us vulnerableí. Do you stand
Pardew: Well, Iíve said it, ainít I? But Iím meaning in the long-term as
well as the short-term, that itís the quality we need. And, you know, today
has been a tough day for us and I donít really want to add any more to it, to
Q: Part of the problem youíve got is that if you donít speak out against not
getting a replacement it makes it look as though youíre going along with the
decisions the board is making and therefore you get criticism heaped on your
shoulders and take the blame for that.
Pardew: Yeah, Iím a professional manager. You know, if I was in charge,
solely, of transfers, the answer might be different, but Iím not.
Q: It does feel sometimes that youíre being asked to manage with your hands
tied behind your back.
Press officer: These are all quite unfair questions.
Q: Unfortunately the manager is the only person who will speak for the club.
Q: Alan, is there a collective blame for today, from the top of the club, right
down to on the pitch.
Pardew: The only way I can answer what has happened today is that itís a
disappointing day for the club.
Q: What do you say to Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear when youíre having those
discussions on Friday and itís clear youíre not going to get a replacement
(for Cabaye)? Do you make your opinions clear on that?
Pardew: I think Iíve made my opinion very clear this week and all the rest of
it is confidentiality.
Q: How do you lift yourself?
Pardew: Iíll be alright.
know how important it is to the club to beat their local rivals. My first
victory here at the club was against Newcastle. We have been under pressure to
get back to back wins Ė this is an unbelievable weekend for everybody close to
Sunderland football club.
"Every time we were under pressure we
were able to regain control of the game. Newcastle started pushing players
forward and we had to make the most of that space. We were getting forward and
taking advantage of that.
"Adam (Johnson) is on fire at the moment, scoring another goal - the
team are in good shape. Iím very happy for Jack (Colback) too; it was
an important goal at 2-0 up and it sealed the game for us.
ďI know how to enjoy things and sometimes you cannot control yourself.
I remember when we scored the second goal against Newcastle at home in October,
I lost it a little bit.
"We needed that goal, that win, so much
and in this game at St Jamesís you know the game is still open if it is only
2-0. If they had scored one goal, there would have been so much pressure but
when we got the third, especially so late, you finally feel youíre there and
thatís why the release.
"I tried to keep my calm in the game
but it is definitely up to the players. The players are the ones who have to go
there and mark and pass the ball well, be brave and be solid. Look at Liam
Bridcutt making his debut.
"People were saying, ĎHow is he going
to do in the Premier League?í But there you go. He came here was solid and
calm, and passed the ball well and thatís what we need. Sometimes itís a
little bit of training, and sometimes itís about having the right players in
the right places in the team and this looks like a proper team now.Ē
A debut for Luuk De Jong made him the 184th Newcastle player to represent the
club in the Premier League and the fourth Dutch international to
do so, after Patrick Kluivert, Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita (Jon Karelse
was never capped). Wearing the number 18 shirt, De Jong
also became the second Swiss-born player to appear for United,
following on from Marc Hottiger.
The 150th Tyne-wear derby was the 48th mackem victory, with
Newcastle remaining out in front on 53 wins and 49 draws. Both sides
have now scored 222 goals.
United have now failed to win any of the last five derbies, their longest barren run since
1979/80 and lost both home and away derbies in the same season for the first
time since 1966/67.
Losing three times off the belt to their biggest rivals hasn't happened
in the last 90 years:
11.11.1922 lost 0-2 (a)
15.12.1923 lost 2-3 (a)
22.12.1923 lost 0-2 (h)
(this was the third time we've been beaten in a trio of derbies,
enduring that in 1904-06)
The wearsiders are still some way off matching United's record five
game winning run:
24.02.2002 won 1-0 (a)
21.09.2002 won 2-0 (h)
26.04.2003 won 1-0 (a)
23.10.2005 won 3-2 (h)
17.04.2006 won 4-1 (a)
(United also strung four victories together in 1991-96)
smb @ SJP since 1980:
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 0-3
2011/12: Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2010/11: Won 5-1 Nolan 3, Ameobi 2 (1pen)
2008/09: Drew 1-1 Ameobi (pen)
2007/08: Won 2-0 Owen 2 (1pen)
2005/06: Won 3-2 Ameobi 2, Emre
2002/03: Won 2-0 Bellamy, Shearer
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2000/01: Lost 1-2 Speed
1999/00: Lost 1-2 Dyer
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Shearer
1992/93: Won 1-0 Sellars
1991/92: Won 1-0 Kelly
1989/90: Lost 0-2
1989/90: Drew 1-1 McGhee
1984/85: Won 3-1 Beardsley 3 (1pen)
1979/80: Won 3-1 Cartwright, Cassidy, Shoulder
All Time Tyne-wear stats:
appeared in his sixteenth - and final - derby match, but failed to
add to his goal tally of seven:
drew 1-1 (a) came off the bench
drew 1-1 (h) came off the bench
won 1-0 (a) came off the bench
won 2-0 (h) came off the bench
won 1-0 (a) came off the bench
won 3-2 (h) started - scored twice
lost 1-2 (a) started - scored
drew 1-1 (h) started - scored
won 5-1 (h) started - scored twice
drew 1-1 (a) started
won 1-0 (a) started
drew 1-1 (h) came off the bench - scored
drew 1-1 (a) started
lost 0-3 (h) came off the bench
lost 1-2 (a) came off the bench
lost 0-3 (h) started
Although they've been on the field together and both started for cup
games, this was the first occasion that Shola and Sammy Ameobi were in a
Premier League starting XI for United.
This was the sixth time this season that we've trailed at half time
- and like the other five, they failed to recover from that losing
position. That's no shock though, this being the 73rd occasion
that they've failed to turning a 45 minute loss into a 90th minute
defeat in a PL game - something not achieved since over-turning a 1-2
deficit into a 3-2 win at home to Reading in December 2006.
PL Stats courtesy of @NUFC_data twitter
No side had more shots on goal (including blocked shots) in
the PL this weekend than Newcastle (28). 53% of those shots hit the
target, a % only bettered by Everton (75%) and Arsenal (60%).
sunderland, however, were ruthless on the attack. The Mackems
finished the game with a chance conversion rate of 19% after scoring 3
goals from their 16 shots. Only Aston Villa (1 goal from 4 shots) had a
better chance conversion rate this weekend.
Shola Ameobi had nine shots on goal but the mackem slayer couldn't
produce former glories and hit the target just 50% of the time. Adam
Johnson was sunderland's nearest challenger with four shots on goal and
scoring with his only effort on target.
Our passing was not up to scratch and Tiote looked like he missed Cabaye
alongside him. We completed just 236 passes against Sunderland, our
third lowest total of the season after the home draw with Southampton
(213) and the away victory over Spurs (162).
Cheick Tiote was our top passer against Sunderland; he completed 51 of
his 61 passes (84%), but was unable to split the Mackems defence and
registered just one key pass.
Shola Ameobi was arguably our worst passer of the day, completing just
12 passes all game - nearly as many as his shot count for the day!
Davide Santon was also off-the-pace against Sunderland, he as well
completed just 12 passes before being dragged off in the 63rd minute.
Despite the humiliating defeat, Saturday's game saw us create the most
chances (23) of any Premier League side this weekend - a figure which is
also the most we have created in a single game this season. The previous
record was the 19 chances we created in the home drubbing of Stoke on
No player in the Premier League has created more chances in 2014 than
Moussa Sissoko - he has created 17 chances this calendar year, including
Only Spurs (27) won more aerial duels in the Premier League this weekend
than Newcastle did (25) - a number that dwarfs Sunderland's measly
figure of 16 headers won.
No side made fewer defensive actions combined (interceptions,
clearances, blocked shots) than Newcastle did in the Premier League this
weekend (38). Although lacking in attack, we should never have lost the
game by such a large scoreline.
Mike Williamson won both tackles he went in for and 80% of his 10
aerial duels in the North East Derby, committing just 2 fouls all game.
Sadly for him though, the mackems were able to torture him by the simple
ploy of playing the ball on the ground.
We must stop meeting
like this. People are beginning to talk.
The 150th competitive
Tyne-wear derby ended in a deserved defeat for Newcastle, as the
mackems made it three successive wins over their deadliest rivals for the first
time in ninety years.
The last two derby meetings had seen dubious refereeing decisions leave United
nursing a sense of injustice, but there was absolutely no doubt this time as a
complete non-performance from the home side was duly punished.
With Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse and Loic Remy all absent, Alan Pardew opted for
Shola Ameobi to lead the line, naming new loan arrival Luuk De Jong on the
There was never any hint of a breakthrough for the home side though, before the
yellow-clad mackems burst into the area on 19 minutes. Vurnon Anita illegally
halted the run of Phil Bardsley and Fabio Borini netted the resultant penalty
with ease in front of the Leazes End.
Before anything approaching a comeback was sighted, the visitors swarmed forward
again and Jack Colback's shot was deflected for Adam Johnson to knock in from
close range with Davide Santon a spectator. Mathieu Debuchy then had to
intervene as the goalkeeper and left back squared up to each other.
Entirely justified boos and abuse accompanied the half time whistle after a
stunningly inept display from the home side that lacked strength, application,
leadership, pace and desire. Quite simply, we did nothing properly.
A raft of alleged international players not only showed little appetite and no
desire to chase lost causes, but also a criminal lack of commitment and talent.
Poor decision-making across a jittery back four was echoed by bone-headed
attempts at crossing and passing, while the departure of our dead ball expert
made free kicks and corners a total waste of time.
De Jong replaced Sammy Ameobi for the second half with Ben Arfa switching to the
left flank, but the improvement was only marginal - Vito Mannone stretched on
just one occasion when Tiote's shot was on target.
Without building any momentum, United did contrive to deliver the ball into the
mackem box on a few occasions. None of the half-chances created were converted
though and a major let-off at the other end saw Johnson smack his curling effort
off a post.
Any lingering hopes of a late revival by United were then extinguished after 80
minutes, when Ben Arfa weakly surrendered possession on halfway and Jack Colback
swept the ball home after an upfield break to give the mackems a three goal
advantage here once again.
Before the game could restart, one home fan invaded the pitch and
attempted to hand his season ticket to Pardew before stewards intervened. A second
trespasser hoofed the match ball away before being
apprehended and a third received similar treatment following the final whistle.
Some post-match confrontations between home followers and police in the city
were reported, but nothing on a par with the scenes witnessed here last time
thankfully. Official figures confirm that just 11 arrests were made, three of which had been
pre-planned and took place before kick off.
Statistics show a fourth successive home defeat in all competitions and a third
in the Premier League without scoring, but beyond that lies an overwhelming
sense of gloom across Tyneside following the sale of Yohan Cabaye and completely
predictable failure to sign a replacement.
Pre-match, the atmosphere seemed one of apprehension rather than anticipation and scarcely got any better on a day when a
collective uplift from the team was desperately required, following three
successive losses here and gathering post-transfer window gloom.
Those clad in black
and white though chose to deliver a woefully clueless performance that wouldn't
have been acceptable in a pre-season friendly, let alone a match of this
In four games when they faced each other in the dugout,
it's now Poyet 4 Pardew 0 and once again the United boss was sadly lacking in tactical
prowess, even allowing for the limitations of the squad available to him. Again
demonstrating that his motivational qualities are as poor for derby matches as
for cup ties, this was Pardew's fifth unsuccessful attempt to claim those
mythical "bragging rights" - God alone knows what those next to him on the bench bring to the
Add in unconvincing attempts to defend his superiors and any credibility the
is draining away once again at a rate of knots. Were our current manager to disappear
tonight and never be seen again, barely an eyebrow would be raised.
The issues at hand are far bigger than him though and swapping him for the next
out of work boss prepared to be hung out to dry by his employer would solve
nothing. Ironically enough, when his position was last in doubt, that successor looked as if it may have been Poyet
- who at the time was fielding enquiries while engaged in TV pundit work
following his Brighton exit.
And here's some more bad news - there's no more chance of Hatem Ben Arfa
inspiring his colleagues and filling the vacant midfield creator slot than
another busted flush Sylvain Marveaux, introduced here for his first league
appearance in over four months. It showed.
As was the case at the stadium of plight last October, a thoroughly average
mackem side collected three points gifted to them by their generous regional
rivals, earning their win thanks to a measure application and composure
completely lacking by the team higher up the table. Being able to pass the ball
to feet also gave them a significant advantage on the day.
Toon fans can feel aggrieved by the transfer dealings (or lack of them), but a
large chunk of blame has to lie with those on the field for a woeful performance.
conviction to a criminal degree, this was simply shameful.
Although the initial horror of this defeat prompted comparisons with last
April's 0-3 reverse and the 1-2 monsoon game, on reflection the feelings were
akin to the derby playoff semi-final loss in 1990.
Seeing the latest generation of moronic pitch invaders didn't help and
witnessing Wembley-bound mackems celebrate at the Leazes End also invoked
unpleasant memories of that night.
Then as now, the future is almost too awful
to contemplate. Uncertain, but joyless, bleak and starkly underlined by a
cowardly derby defeat. Where do we go from here? anywhere but
From the comments of Cabaye, it now seems apparent that his departure was
inevitable well before the January transfer window - making United's failure to
strengthen a deliberate act of sabotage. Deadline day even saw us spared
invented stories from Sky - no Aunt Sally outside the training ground this time,
even they've not got the brass neck to repeat their phantom helicopter
Where the last minute nature of the Carroll sale has been accepted as a one-off
though, going through a second transfer window without making a permanent
acquisition is an obvious attempt to sabotage the club and undermine the
manager. How can that make commercial sense?
Anchored in seventh when Liverpool coughed up £35m in January 2011, that season
saw the club drift off to a final placing of twelfth. Three years on, we're
eighth and seemingly steering a similar course to mid-table mediocrity, removing
any chance of featuring in that horrid European thingy.
What happens this summer becomes ever more interesting - and concerning. Pardew
will still have over six years remaining on his contract and an exodus of
players means that business has to be done. Having failed to replace one
departure last month though, it's unrealistic to presume that we'll do enough
business to even retain our current strength when multiple signings are
In normal circumstances, any incoming manager would demand the finance to
rebuild the team to his specification - but these aren't normal circumstances.
Instead we appear condemned to limp along with the biggest patsy since Lee
Harvey Oswald facing the press and covering for the piss-taker who has truly
proved himself to be the director of f****all.
Anyone else gets punished for failure, our man is held to account for success. A
fifth place finish and a Europa League spot? you don't need to strengthen Alan,
you've got Ranger, Abeid, and Ferguson!
Painful though today was, losing another derby is the least of our problems.