12th January 2016, 7.45pm. Live on BT Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
3 - 3
Daley Blind's flag kick from the South West Corner reached Marouane
Fellaini at the back post and his header struck the jumping Chancel Mbemba
on the wrist from point blank range. One person in the ground thought it
was a handball - and unfortunately he had a whistle. Wayne Rooney calmly
guided his spot kick home as Elliot guessed wrong 0-1
Yet again Newcastle gave the ball away in the opposition half and were
quickly punished as Herrera set Rooney off towards goal. Arriving at the
home box with Coloccini shadowing him, the striker paused before
playing a reverse pass to the onrushing Jesse Lingard, whose low angled
shot went through Elliot's legs 0-2
42 mins Coloccini's forward pass into the box was directed towards
Mitrovic but although Marouane Fellaini won
the aerial duel, the ball dropped towards Gini Wijnaldum, who
smoothly volleyed home without breaking
stride - the timing rather than the power beating De Gea
Half time: Magpies 1 Red Devils 2
67 mins That rarest of
rarities - A Newcastle penalty - came after Chris Smalling tried his best
wrestling smackdown move on Mitrovic as a corner came over. TV replays
showed that the coming together began as the home striker tried to shake
the visiting defender warmly by the throat. Aleksandar Mitrovic
kept his cool to send De Gea the wrong way with a low conversion. 2-2
79 mins Visiting substitute
Memphis Depay cut across the box and although his first effort was blocked
by Mbemba, the ball fell invitingly for him to try again, rebounding back
off Paul Dummett. Sadly it then fell to Wayne Rooney to hit an unstoppable
25 yarder past Elliot. 2-3
90 mins Moussa Sissoko's right wing
cross was cleared but Darly Janmaat clipped it into the area and when the
ball dropped on the edge of the box, Paul Dummett sprinted forward
and lashed it into the roof of the Gallowgate End net via Smalling's elbow
to send St. James' wild. 3-3
Full time: Magpies 3 Red Devils 3
McClaren said after the game:
"I have calmed down a bit now. We had to show what we are all
about. We have shown everything there. We played football, created
chances, we came back, we had to equalise again.
"You can't underestimate what a monumental effort it is to come
back from 2-0 and 3-2. This is how far the team has come this season.
Could we have come back from 2-0 then?
"That is the standard we set. Performances have been good. We needed
some reward....we have been demonstrating this for a few weeks.
"The players have responded but we have not got the rewards. It was
important not to lose.
"The crowd responded
magnificently, and we wanted to show everyone what we are about.
"People said that (Manchester) United were boring and that
we lack character, but we kept fighting until the end and we got a goal that
feels like a winner.
"People thought it would be a 0-0 but it was a classic at 3-3. It
must have been a great game for the neutral - but it was a heart attack for
"Manchester United are a quality team and they keep the ball and
they control it once they're in front.
About the penalty awarded to the opposition:
"I could not believe it. The first goal against top-four teams is
absolutely vital and when no-one appealed and everyone just walked away, we
could not believe it was a penalty.
"We had such a good start. We were composed; we were keeping the ball
and creating chances and all of a sudden (it came) from nothing.
"Nobody appealed, nobody even tried to. I have looked at it, he
(Chancel Mbemba) just goes up and the momentum of where his hand goes, it
hits his hand.
"He is about half a yard away Ė how can he get out of the way? It is
ridiculous and the team could have gone under after that, but credit to them
- they kept fighting."
Penalty converter Aleksandar Mitrovic added:
"I spoke with him (Steve McClaren) before the game. He said that
if a penalty comes, I need to take it. It is my responsibility in this team
to take the penalty. I take the ball and I score the goal, and Iím very
"Itís important we have a good night because it was a really good
result after being 2-0 down.
"Against Manchester United, itís not easy to come back - we showed we
can come back. We can win this game as well and we can lose it. I think it
is a good result for both teams.
"I was going to take the penalty all season. If I donít feel
good, I give it to a team-mate. Scoring it will do a lot for my confidence.
I needed that goal, you can see that in my celebration. I was really happy.
Itís good for my confidence, and I hope I will keep scoring.Ē
"Iíve been unlucky in the last few games. The goals will come.Ē
Van Gaal said:
"We threw it
away. You have to finish the game much earlier.
"The referee gave a penalty and I think it was a duel - I have seen
the video and you can see (Aleksandar) Mitrovic was pushing the
head of (Chris) Smalling. When you both do that you cannot decide
which is worse, I think, but the referee did not lose our game. We lost it
"When you want to avoid the
header of (Marouane) Fellaini by putting your hands to the ball...
it is not ball to hand, it is the hand to the ball and Fellaini cannot
head it that way. I donít think it is a discussion, but okay you never
know in this world. You can always have a discussion.Ē
"We were unlucky, when you see
the penalty for the second goal and when you see the third goal. When the
ball is going where he (Paul Dummett) shot then it is in the hands
of (David) De Gea. It clipped off Smalling and that took it past.
It was unlucky.
"Before that we were running behind and you have to push forward, you
have to push the ball under pressure and we didnít do that. Then you get
these kinds of things.
"They have to finish of course
but it is always difficult. (Wayne) Rooney also had a very big
chance in the first half. We could have scored six goals here, I think,
there were big possibilities so when you then lose two points then that is
"Also, everybody knows it is our own fault. It was not the referee or
the opponent. We did it ourselves.Ē
Louis was clearly vexed and his written media press conference ended with
Neil Custis (Sun): "Wayne Rooney
has come under a lot of criticism this seasonÖ.."
Louis: "We don't speak any more about Wayne Rooney, you have
criticised him, I don't, you."
Neil Custis (Sun): "You too"
Louis: "You too, fat man, there."
It's now no win in five Premier League games
(six in all competitions) for Newcastle.
scoring drought ended after 454 demoralising
minutes (364 in the Premier League).
in their last three meetings with the Red Devils at SJP, Gini Wijnaldum's
eighth goal in our colours ended that run before Aleksandar Mitrovic
bagged his fourth for us.
Paul Dummett struck the third goal of his Newcastle career and the
second in the PL. His debut PL strike was also at the Gallowgate End in a
2-2 draw with Liverpool in October 2013.
Newcastle were awarded their first PL
a visit to Manchester United on December 26th 2014 and the first at SJP since
the visit of Stoke City on December 26th 2013.
Wayne Rooney continued his scoring vendetta against us - notching his
thirteenth and fourteenth Premier League goals (including one for Everton).
This was the
fifth time he's hit two goals in a match against his favourite PL
opponent - but he's never gone on to complete a hat trick.
Red Devils @ SJP - Premier era:
2015/16 drew 3-3 Wijnaldum, Mitrovic(pen), Dummett
2014/15 lost 0-1
2013/14 lost 0-4
2012/13 lost 0-3
2011/12 won 3-0 Ba, Cabaye, OG (Jones)
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 1-2 Lovenkrands
2007/08 lost 1-5 Ab.Faye
2006/07 drew 2-2 Milner, Edgar
2005/06 lost 0-2
2004/05 lost 1-3 Shearer
2003/04 lost 1-2 Shearer
2002/03 lost 2-6 Jenas, Ameobi
2001/02 won 4-3 Robert, Lee, Dabizas, OG (Brown)
2000/01 drew 1-1 Glass
1999/00 won 3-0 Ferguson, Shearer 2
1998/99 lost 1-2 Solano
1997/98 lost 0-1
1996/97 won 5-0 D.Peacock, Ginola, Ferdinand, Shearer, Albert
1995/96 lost 0-1
1994/95 drew 1-1 Kitson
1994/95 won 2-0 Albert, Kitson (LC)
1993/94 drew 1-1 Cole
Full record against Manchester
Six goal thrillers:
This was the tenth time in our 827 Premier League games
that we've played a 3-3 draw:
1994/95 Spurs (h) Gillespie, Peacock, Beardsley
1995/96 Wimbledon (a) Ferdinand 2, Gillespie
1995/96 Manchester City (a) Albert 2, Asprilla
1997/98 Leicester City (h) Barnes, Tomasson, Beresford
1999/00 Wimbledon (h) Speed, Domi, Solano
2003/04 Southampton (a) Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2010/11 West Bromwich Albion (h) S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, OG
2014/15 Crystal Palace (h) Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson
2014/15 Burnley (h) S.Taylor, Colback, Sissoko
2015/16 Manchester United (h) Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Dummett
figure of Paul Dummett fired a last gasp equaliser to salvage what could be a
priceless point from a thoroughly entertaining game at St. James' Park on
Tuesday, as Newcastle reserved one of their better performances for one of the
Pulling back from a 0-2 deficit to 2-2 and pressing for a winner, a terrific
fight back looked to have been in vain when Wayne Rooney's second goal of the
night put the visitors 3-2 up on 79 minutes.
Rooney had given his side the lead with a ninth minute penalty after referee
Mike Dean harshly penalised Chancel Mbemba for handball from a corner - a header
striking him on the arm from point-blank range but prompting no appeals from the
An incensed home crowd were then frustrated still further by a valid penalty
appeal for a challenge on Daryl Janmaat that was rejected, before Georginio
Wiljnaldum got into the area but could only shoot weakly against David De Gea.
And when Jesse Lingard doubled the score in the 38th minute it looked like
another blank outing for Steve McClaren's goal-shy side. Wijnaldum however
atoned for his miss three minutes before half time to send his side into the
break with at least a toehold in the game and visibly lift the gloom around
Moussa Sissoko almost levelled on 52 minutes when a fabulous ball from Fabricio
Coloccini found him free on the left, but despite evading Ashley Young he failed
to find a way past De Gea (making his 200th appearance for the Red Devils) at
the Gallowgate End.
That began a period of sustained pressure from the home side that sparked the
crowd into life, and the pressure paid off midway through the second half. As
a Newcastle corner kick came over, Dean pointed to the spot after Mitrovic was
wrestled to the ground by Chris Smalling - a cynical view being that the ref was
now aware of his two questionable earlier calls and tried to even things up.
The Serbian looked in no mood to surrender the ball and after a delay caused by
Dean failing to clear visiting players out of the box, kept his head to send De
Gea the wrong way from the spot. His goal celebrations in front of the
Strawberry Corner included hoofing the advertising hoardings in a style
reminiscent of T.Ketsbaia. Thankfully though he refrained from removing his
shirt or boots....
An unforeseen and unlikely comeback inspired the home support to greater noise
levels and for a few minutes the crowd seemed to forget our troubles - attacks
more fluent and accompanied by roars of encouragement seldom heard in recent
Wijnaldum quickly had the ball in the net again but an offside had rightly
already been raised and both he and Ayoze Perez saw efforts blocked as
McClaren's side sensed that a famous victory was possible. Jack Colback
then frustratingly passing up the chance to shoot from close range as he seemed
to wait for Fellaini to clatter into him.
Fellaini was lucky not to receive a second yellow after a kick at Coloccini,
before the visitors struck on the break again to silence home voices - Rooney
perfectly looping the ball home after a half clearance from Paul Dummett fell at
The extravagantly-haired Belgian looked certain to head a fourth but Elliot made
a great save and as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes Sissoko sent over a
cross from the right. That was repelled but when Janmaat tried, it ended up in
the path of Dummett who gave it the full welly to draw his side level once
There was a last surge in the fourth and final minute of added time but
Wijnaldum failed to find a colleague and Dean blew for full time to end an
excellent contest neither side deserved to lose.
Performances of varying quality were on show, with messrs Sissoko, Tiote and
Colback all struggling in a first half during which we continually lost the
ball. However they all played their part in the revival and if this is the
final bow for Tiote, his 143rd appearance contained at least some hints of
former glories - in addition to reminders of why his time here is up.
Ivan Toney's arrival late on as our only forward cover was a timely reminder of
the squad issues still to be overcome this month if we're to avoid relegation.
And there's the realisation that two points against tonight's mediocre opponents
this season could have been six - had we been better equipped last August and
not now trying to play catch-up.
Avoiding a fifth straight defeat and ending both a goal drought and spot kick
famine though at least means we're not left bemoaning our bad luck yet again.
Persistence, dogged determination and some belated good fortune combined to
bring about a heartening result - and hopefully something tangible to take into
Saturday's home game against a West Ham side rather more potent than when they
visited last May.
Final word to Mystic McClaren, who ended Monday's pre-match press conference by
"The odds are on a 0-0 draw, but it's probably gonna be 3-3, everybody
breaks their duck and the floodgates open."
If he's able to see into the future, let's hope that a goalscorer soon comes