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4 March 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 52338
Shola Ameobi 90'+
N. Bendtner 24'
Reports are that Lee Catermole has been sent off after the final whistle for something he said to Mike Dean. He was on thin ice from the opening minutes with the yellow and now he will face a three match ban after that straight red.
Full-time. What a game. Shola Ameobi spares the blushes of his side after Demba Ba missed the opportunity to level the sides from the spot.
90' + 6'
Red Card Lee Cattermole
90' + 4'
A poor shot from Cabaye causes trouble in the box as Shola Ameobi takes possession but is tackled and wins the corner. The corner again sees the ball being trapped into the congested box and it results in a Sunderland freekick.
90' + 1'
Assist Mike Williamson
90' + 1'
Goal Shola Ameobi
1-1 GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!! Shola Ameobi loves scoring against Sunderland. He creeps in at the back post to tap in a deep cross from Yohan Cabaye which was nodded on by Mike Williamson to take advantage of a sluggish Wayne Bridge at the far post.
The home side are throwing everything at Sunderland here as they bring on Peter Lovenkrands for Ryan Taylor could there be a late drama here?
Newcastle look frustrated here trying to play incisive throughballs to no relief as they just roll into the possession of Sunderland.
Penalty save Simon Mignolet
Missed Penalty Demba Ba
Mignolet saves!!!! You couldn't write it, Newcastle finaly get the penalty they wanted but Demba Ba fails to score from the spot for the first time this season as the keeper dives to his left to save an average shot from the striker.
Penalty to Newcastle!!! After numerous appeals Shola Ameobi is the man who wins it, he nudges the ball past Fraizer Campbell and draws what is a definate penalty.
Rob Stewart updates us as Newcastle fans, players and coaching staff grow frustrated a the deficit: LIVE! Martin O'Neill and Alan Pardew are at it again on the touchline as the tension rises with the Sunderland manager clearly miffed at referee Mike Dean's failure to book Hatem Ben Arfa for diving and his Newcastle counterpart giving him what-for in return. They're at it again. Yes O'Neill and Pardew have had to be parted by their colleagues.
Hatem Ben Arfa again runs the ball into the box, this time under challenge from McClean. He tries for a penalty but Mike Dean is having none of it.
Sunderland cannot contain Hatem Ben Arfa he drops his shoulder and beats two defenders to get inside the box. He tries a shot from a dificult angle 10-yards out but Mignolet is comfortable at his near post and punches it away.
Big shout for handball as a melee in the Sunderland box results in the ball popping up and rolling across the defender's chest and onto his arm. it would have been harsh.
Hatem Ben Arfa creates piece of magic as he beats two men down the right, but he gets to greedy and is stopped by Michael Turner.
Jack Colback also replaces Sebastian Larsson who comes off looking like he is struggling to breath as he retires to the bench.
Both sides make changes to their attacking line. Fraizer Campbell comes on for goal scorer Nicklas Bendtner. Can the Englishman continue his fine form which earnt him an England call-up in the week?
Shola Ameobi also comes on for Papiss Cisse who has been very quiet in this match today.
Rob Stewart gives us his opinion on how the game his gone since that sending off: LIVE! Stephane Sessegnon was hanging his head in shame when he was sent off for a cowardly use of the elbow on Cheick Tioter and he should do because he will now miss the next three games including the FA Cup quarter-final tie at Everton in a fortnight. The watching David Moyes must be loving this and with so many players on yellow cards there could be more following Sessegnon for an early showe.
Yohan Cabaye makes John O'Shea and Michael Turner work as he drills in an early ball into the two senegalese strikers, but neither Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse can beat the two defenders to the ball.
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Cheick Tiote gets a caution as Mike Dean indicates it was a succession of five fouls which led to the yellow card.
Ryan Taylor causes chaos in the box again as Papiss Cisse just misses the header. Cheick Tiote charges onto the ball but his shot is again below average and goes nowhere near to troubling the keeper.
Mike Dean calls for the physios after Phil Bardsley seemingly goes down with a head injury, he looks a bit dazed but will come back on after recieving treatment.
Danny Simpson and Demba Ba connect together as the two work in tandom as Ba's run is found perfectly by Simpson, Ba is running away from the ball and just tries a light flick into the net but misses the ball completely.
Red Card Stéphane Sessegnon
Stephane Sessegnon is off, the first player to see red in this intense derby. Mike Dean claims he had no choice after his challenge left Cheick Tiote reeling on the floor. After the two tangled he flung his arm backwards into the chest of Tiote. The Ivorian may have made the most of that but Sessegnon knows as a footballer you cannot do that. Will this make the difference?
Newcastle have really taken a new approach to this game, they are not being drawn into the scrappy derby. They are playing the ball well and exhibiting the kind of football we know they are capable of.
Ryan Taylor piles on the pressure as he swings in a dangerous cross which is nodded towards Demba Ba by Williamson, but Michael Turner does well to intercept with a header.
Yellow Card Craig Gardner
Craig Gardner picks up the seventh yellow card of the game, there is no malice in the challenge but Fabricio Coloccini got to the ball just before the midfielder and Gardner just bought him down with a sliding tackle. Unfortunate for the Sunderland midfielder.
Demba Ba has come out flying, he turns Michael Turner gaining a yard of space and looks to curl a shot into the bottom corner but like his header it is well wide.
Early chances for the Magpies as Demba Ba again finds space to get a header away, this time it is into the ground and a couple of yards wide.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle United get the game going again. The only change is Hatem Ben Arfa coming on for Davide Santon as Alan Pardew looks to change the tempo of the game.
As the half came to an end we saw Newcastle come to the ascendancy for the first time, if the game continues in that vein Pardew may be confident of turning around this deficit.
The double booking after the explosion between Danny Simpson and James McClean seemed to calm down the match somewhat. The game is still a firey Tyne Wear derby, but it is a lot calmer than the opening minutes which saw a host of freekicks.
Mike Dean has taken a no-nonsense approach to this match, the penalty decision was a great example of that. A tug on the shirt of Michael Turner, which has been seen to go unpunished in many games, was seen as enough to hand Nicklas Bendtner the chance to take his team into the lead.
Rob Stewart gives us his views from the first half at the Sports Direct Arena: LIVE! Local derbies are supposed to be full-blooded affairs and this one has certainly lived up to its blling because there have already been six bookings in this feisty encounter which Sunderland are so far edging thanks to Nicklas Bendtner's penalty after Mike Williamson was spotted tugging Michael Turner's shirt which seemed fitting becaise this has been a niggly affair throughout.
Half-time here with much of the half taken up by vicious challenges we did see some chance from both sides and it lines up a cracking second half with the visitors stealing the march on the Magpies.
45' + 2'
A final chance for Newcastle as they get a freekick 30 yards out. Ryan Taylor tries a shot but it is nowhere near the Sunderland goal. He would have had to produce something really special to beat Mignolet from there.
Newcastle win another corner after there first effort was again seen out by the Sunderland defence. This time they have a lot more luck as Demba Ba takes advantage of the zonal marking and his header rattles against the cross bar. Are Newcastle waking up too late with half-time approaching?
A freekick from their own hal is lumped into the Sunderland box by Tim Krul. It is repelled by John O'Shea but only to Yohan Cabaye who fires a ball into a crowd. The ball bounces out for a corner.
Yohan Cabaye is down looking in pain after Sebastian Larsson catches the Frenchman whilst he was clearing the ball. It was a fair challenge from the Swede but it could be a bit sore for Cabaye.
Phil Bardsley tries his best to keep the ball from going out for a corner but he fails. Ryan Taylor delivers an inch perfect ball into Fabricio Coloccini at the back post he meets the ball with a powerful header but the angle is against him and Simon Mignolet pushes the ball to safety.
Craig Gardner is set up by Stephane Sessegnon on the edge of the box, it takes a massive deflection leaving Tim Krul without a chance but luckily it loops over the bar. It is all Sunderland at the minute.
Nicklas Bendtner nearly scores again as he controls the ball with his chest turning on the edge of the box. As the ball dropped he unleashed an fierce half volley, but Tim Krul did well to prevent in slotting into his bottom left corner.
Jonas Gutierrez makes a run down the length of the pitch and is bought down by Phil Bardsley, no foul is given as the two fairly came together. Gutierrez looked in pain but soon got up once Mike Dean made his final decision to hand Sunderland a throw-in.
Newcastle fans may feel agreived by that penalty decision as you see that in almost every Premier League game, but Mike Dean took it by the letter of the law and it was a tug on Michael Turner's shirt.
Rob Stewart tells us of these scenes at the ground after the opening goal: LIVE! Substitute Fraizer Campbell could be in trouble with the football authorites for goading Newcastle fans as he raced down the touchline while Sunderland Martin O'Neill has remain poker-faced following Nicklas Bendtner's penalty.
Assist Michael Turner
Penalty Goal Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner lines it up. GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! The Sunderland striker blasts it to TIm Krul's right the keeper does well but ts just out of his reach. Sunderland draw first blood.
Yellow Card Mike Williamson
Penalty!!! Where did that come from? Replays show Williamson holding onto Turner's shirt as the freekick came in.
Yellow Card Demba Ba
Demba Ba is the latest to go into Mike Dean's book after a mistimed challenge on Craig Gardner.
Rob Stewart updates us on the scenes at the ground after that piece of drama: LIVE! Angry words are being exchanged in front of me by the rival managers with Alan Pardew and Martin O'Neill having to be parted by fourth official Lee Mason following the melee between 21 players that took place after James McClean's foul on Danny Simpson.
Yellow Card James McClean
The game comes to the boil here as James McClean flies into a tackle on Danny Simpson inside the Newcastle box. The Magpies defender is not happy and grabs McClean this brings pretty much all 22 players into the fracas. Both Simpson and McClean pick up a yellow card.
Yellow Card Danny Simpson
Yellow Card Yohan Cabaye
Rob Stewart updates us again after Yohan Cabaye picks up a card: LIVE! So honours are even on the bookings front now Yohan Cabaye has been cautioned. At this rate it would be amazing if this game ends up with 22 players on the fieldd.
Nicklas Bendtner does well to hold it up on the right wing playing in a sprinting Sebastian Larsson whose ball into the middle of the box but with Bendtner on the wing he fails to find a teammate.
The corner is headed out to an off-balance Keiron Richardson whose shot is well off target but Stephane Sessegnon collects and wins another corner after his attempted cross was blocked out. Tim Krul easily collects the resulting delivery.
Sebastian Larsson lines up a freekick from the right wing. Too far to shoot, but he looks to lift it into the penalty area, but the wall does its job and deflects it out for a corner with suggestions of a handball.
Rob Stewart gives us another update from the game: LIVE! A wound-up Lee Cattermole is clearly doing his best to get his opponents booked by referee Mike Dean but really he should be concentrating on his own game if he going to see this match out.
Keiron Richardson pumps in a freekick from the half way line. Nicklas Bendtner is right under it but Tim Krul jumps and collects with great confidence.
Danny Simpson is the only player on the field today to have played for both the Black Cats and the Magpies having been a loanee at the Stadium of Light back in 2007. Titus Bramble has also crossed the divide but he has not been named in the Sunderland squad today.
The corner is played onto the edge of the box by Ryan Taylor but the referee blows up as Cheick Tiote is seen to be fouling Simon Mignolet on the line.
Davide Santon draws another foul, this time from Sebastian Larsson as the Italian looks to cut in from the right wing. The Swedish winger just tripped him to make sure he makes no progress. The freekick is swung in but is headed out for a corner.
We can hear from our man Rob Stewart who is live it the game today: LIVE! If looks could kill then Lee Cattermole would be a goner judging by the evil stare that is being sent his way by Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill for picking up a booking with just 40 seconds on the board for a reckless lunge on Cheick Tiote. It also means he will miss the next two games - at home to Liverpool in the league and then at Everton in the FA Cup. Silly boy.
Yellow Card Lee Cattermole
Lee Cattermole picks up a yellow card early on, he seems to stamp his authority on Cheick Tiote by flying in catching thr Ivorian. Only a minute gone and the sometime volitile player is already skating on thin ice.
Although Sunderland found a new wind under Martin O'Neill but have suffered two league defeats on the bounce, against Arsenal and West Brom, and the Northern Irish manager will be hoping the bring an abrupt stop to this run.
Stephane Sessegnon is reported to have been given a free role today, as Martin O'Neill will be looking to take advantage of an out-of-form Newcastle United defence which has leaked 13 goals in only five games. Yet maybe securing the signitures of Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini on long term contracts will inspire a new vein of form.
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardlsey, O’Shea, Turner, Richardson; Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, McClean; Sessegnon, Nicklas Bendtner Subs: Gordon, Bridge, Kilgallon, Colback, Meyler, Vaughan, Campbell.
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Ryan Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Perch.
Here we go, Sunderland get us underway here at the Sports Direct Arena for this derby which means so much to so many in the North East.
Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the ever intense Tyne and Wear derby. This is as heated as it has been in recent years but a Newcastle side, who have enjoyed a successful campaign so far, will be looking to do a league double over thier fiercest rivals.
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