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Season 2014-15
mackems (h) Premier League


In association 


Date: Sunday 21st December 2014, 1.30pm.
Live on Sky Sports

St. James' Park

Conditions: excruciating


Newcastle United



0 - 1




Half time: Magpies 0 mackems 0

90 mins The move began just outside the mackem box, with a United corner cleared and Johnson bringing the ball out of defence. Brushing Sissoko off the ball as he turned an eluding an attempted foul from Dummett, the former Manchester City player pushed the ball out to Fletcher on the left and continued his run into the box.  

The ball flowed across the box to Buckley, who knocked it back in to the unmarked Johnson, who took a touch and swiped it left-footed past Alnwick from 10 yards at the Gallowgate End. Poyet later admitted he'd been close to replacing the scorer.

Full  time: Magpies 0 mackems 1

We Said

Alan Pardew:

"Thatís as painful as it gets, to lose in the last minute like that. 

"We were chasing the game a little bit and over committing and we kind of warned the players that Sunderland could score a set play - and we got punished for it, but we played well today. 

"On another day, we would have won that. We had good chances, Perez was probably the brightest player on the pitch, but it didn't fall for us.

"We want to win here at St Jamesí Park. We would take the draw now but if we came off saying we didnít push for the win, then it would have been disappointing. You kind of need to balance between pushing too hard and maybe we did a little bit.

"I'm not going to criticise any of my players today. They gave everything they could, but it wasnít to be.

"I thought it was a good game actually. Sunderland played well first half and probably just edged it but second half for sure, we went up a level. Perhaps we should be sitting here as winners but in fact weíve lost. So we have to learn from this.

"Weíre still in a decent position in the league and we now have to regroup and take our form - especially our second-half form today - to Man United.

"I was really pleased with Jak (Alnwick) because they put him under real pressure today and he stood up to it, so well done to him. But itís just disappointing for our fans and us, because we didnít want to end up defeated today.

"Iím proud of the way the team has approached the game today on another, we could have won but it wasnít our day in a lot of respects.

"In terms of myself, I will look at the replays of the game and make sure we learn from the errors we made. We have to make sure we donít expose ourselves here at St Jamesí Park.

"The criticism thatís going to come our way, weíll have to accept. Weíve got five days until Man United so we canít listen to it or absorb it. We have to prepare ourselves for the next game, which we will do from now." 

They Said

Gus the grinning gimp:

"There are different ways to win a game and to win a derby and I think a winning goal in the last minute is a special way to do it.  Itís a great moment for us, we knew we needed three points and we didnít stop believing that we could get them throughout the game.

ďIt was a little bit nervy at times, but we had the belief and we defended well and weíve got a very important result. I like to be remembered for doing special things and four derby wins is one of those things; it will be remembered for a very long time as it has not happened at sunderland for a lot of years.

ďIím very proud of the players. There were some terrific performances out there today and we did have quite a few problems to start with. We lost Anthony Reveillere and didnít have a full-back available, so John OíShea rolled back the years and stood in and Sebastian Coates came in.

ďI watched Costelís saves back in slow motion, when you watch how big he is, heís unbelievable; a quality goalkeeper and he made some key saves for us today.

ďThe players showed great character and strength in the last two or three breaks in the game and we showed that we didnít come to St Jamesí Park to draw - we came to win. 

"Itís a very special moment for everyone at sunderland AFC. The best part is celebrating with the fans; we can all enjoy a great Christmas on the back of that result and look forward to Boxing Day.Ē

24 hours after the game, Poyet was back watching Newcastle again - taking in the U21 Cup tie against West Ham at Whitley Park. His apparent hoodoo over the Magpies doesn't extend to other family members though - son Diego was in the Hammers starting XI who were beaten 4-1.



Defeat in the 151st Tyne-wear derby saw the mackems still one shy of the half-century mark. Newcastle remain out in front with 53 victories and there have been 49 stalemates. Johnson's goal was their 223rd, one ahead of the black and whites.

smb @ SJP - PL era:

2014/15: Lost 0-1
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

All Time Tyne-wear stats:

  P W D L F A
SJP 70 31 18 21 118 105
SoS/JP 69 20 25 24 92 101
League 139 51 43 45 210 206
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 151 53 49 49 222 223

Newcastle lost four successive derby matches for the first time in their history, but that's not the worst losing run in these games, with the mackems losing five in a row between 2001 & 2006.

The Magpies have now failed to win any of the last six derby matches (draw, draw, loss, loss, loss, loss), but that's not the worst winless run, with the mackems going nine without victory (lost, draw, draw, draw, lost, draw, lost, draw, draw) between 1967 & 1979. A nine game winless run was then repeated (draw, draw, lost, lost, lost, lost, lost, draw, lost) between 2000 & 2008.

Former Newcastle trainee Adam Johnson scored his third goal in as many derby visits to SJP.

Newcastle have failed to score in the last three home derby games, conceding seven goals at the other end. The last Magpies scorer in a derby at SJP was Shola Ameobi in added time back in March 2012 - meaning we're without a goal in 270 minutes.

United remain the only side not to have scored a goal in the opening 30 minutes of a PL game this season, with just three of our 18 goals in that competition coming before the interval.


Just fifteen days before today, we concluded our report of the win over previously-unbeaten league leaders Chelsea by advising that it was "best to just enjoy these games, these victories, for what they are - until reality returns and fortune stops smiling on us."

Sadly but only too predictably though, a treble dose of reality in an eight day period confirms that Newcastle supporters will be receiving the gift of misery yet again from their team this yuletide.

On the back foot at both Arsenal and Spurs, the Magpies certainly couldn't be accused of a lack of adventure after a frenetic opening involving much keen tackling and constant intervention from the officials, further stoking up a home crowd who were keen to strike first blood.

However, the derby would end in similar fashion to the previous two here (three all told) with defeat for Alan Pardew's side and a repeat of the disconcerting spectacle that is 50,000 disconsolate home fans trooping away in complete silence. 

A 90th minute goal from Adam Johnson settled a scrappy contest, but while Newcastle could point to a handful of saves from long-distance efforts, a quartet of close-range misses from Poyet's side did underline the unpalatable fact that yes, this could have ended 0-3 again. 

The scoreline was probably rough justice on United who had enjoyed the majority of the possession and chances over the whole afternoon - and for the manager, a calculated gamble to turn what looked like being a scoreless draw into the derby win that he so desperately craved.

Forced to rely on Jak Alnwick once again (who couldn't be faulted today), United were able to field a more balanced defence thanks to the return from suspension of Daryl Janmaat and the availability of Steve Taylor. He was able to continue in the second half after clattering into one of the goal posts and leaving the field to have his face stitched. The post was apparently uninjured. 

The red and whites meanwhile fielded a patched-up backline composed of their only fit defenders and were also forced into a hasty change when Anthony Reveillere was injured in the warm-up and replaced in the starting XI by Sebastian Coates.

The second half changes were an attempt to find a goal and retain eleven men on the pitch, with Adam Armstrong's half hour outing perhaps viewed as trying to invoke some derby voodoo - although with his introduction boosting our local on-field contingent to six, the opportunities for some local hero headlines were certainly there.

Ultimately though Newcastle's failure to get anything from a game when they were given time and opportunity to do so shows them up for what they are - just not good enough. And following jibes that he couldn't get his sides "up" for this fixture, Pardew later admitted that he may have over egged the pudding this time and wound them too tightly.


Much else was sadly though familiar, be it the lack of time spent in the opposition box (reflected in the fact we're yet to be awarded a penalty), brainless set pieces or the sloppy play of players who simply should know better, Cheick. And for anyone (who like ourselves when speech returned some hours later) who mentioned being out of luck again, a review of our season to date shows numerous points at which we've led a charmed life. 

And never mind the injury list, too many signings still haven't been integrated into the side - notably Anita, Riviere, Cabella and Ferreyra - meaning that a significant portion of our recent outlay in recent seasons is sitting idle. 

That's hardly a ringing endorsement of either our buying policy (not the manager's fault) or what happens to them once they've arrived (firmly and squarely his call). Back to square one then.


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