October 2015

Sunderland AFC vs Newcastle United


Sunderland AFC (3) – (0) Newcastle United

Sunderland win their first game of the season as Newcastle suffer sixth derby defeat in a row after Red card controversy.

Adam Johnson converted a penalty just before half time after a challenge from Fabricio Coloccini led to him being sent off.

Newcastle’s Alexander Mitrovic should have scored but was denied by Costel Pantilimon.

Billy Jones scored the Black Cats second with Fletcher sealing the 3-0 win.

Sunderland Gaffer Sam Allardyce highlighted the importance of making the consecutive run of derby wins amount to 6 prior to the 12pm kick off on Sunday.

The game started with a tense atmosphere circling the stadium of light, with both sides knowing this derby meant more than just bragging rights, and effected their position in the premier league table.

Newcastle had plenty of possession as well as three or four clear cut chances which could have easily ended up in the back of the Sunderland net.

As always, derby’s can be turned upside down with just one decision. Steven Fletcher ran through on goal after a good ball from Jermain Defoe and was barged down by Fabricio Coloccini. A clear penalty which was rewarded by referee Robert Madley and a highly controversial red card.

Adam Johnson converted the penalty, putting the ball out of Rob Elliot’s reach. Johnson ran down the other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of the furious travelling Newcastle fans.

Half time had passed with Newcastle down to 10 men, but still looking most likely to score.

Alexander Mitrovic showed good footwork to take the ball past young full back Deandre Yedlin, but was denied by an outstretched Pantilimon.

Sunderland scored their second of the game when Yann M’vila’ volley was tapped home by Billy Jones, who scored his first goal for Sunderland and his second in the premier league, with his only other strike also coming against Newcastle for West Brom.

Although Newcastle were behind and 10 men down, they still continued to have possession, but the game was out of reach when Sunderland centre back Younes Kaboul’s cultured cross arrived in the path of Fletcher, who buried his chance and won the game for the black cats.

An excellent result for Sunderland, extending their run of derby wins to six.

My MOTM: Yann M’vila: Breaking up the play well throughout and was calm on the ball, putting in several good tackles throughout the 90 mins.


Sunderland AFC vs Newcastle United Preview

wear tyne derby

Sunderland look for first win of the season and to keep manager trend intact, as Newcastle look to end a bad run of five Black Cat derby wins.

The Wear-Tyne derby has always thrown up a whole load of drama to say the least, and Sunday looks like it won’t be any different. It only takes a football fan to know Newcastle have been unable to buy a derby win in the previous five, but will this time be different?

The derby day feeling is like no other feeling, the constant butterflies right up to the last whistle, when the overriding emotion is either joy or sadness.

The match is huge for the local area and the bragging rights really do end up in one city.

The trend

Omens would suggest that Sunderland will win this derby. The omen is that the last four managers who have joined the club, lost their first game in charge previous to the derby, which they then went onto win.

New Gaffers

The Big Sam appointment brought mixed responses from black cat’s fans, some loved it and suggested it would bring stability, but some say it’s an appointment which suggest there is a lack of ambition from the clubs hierarchy.

The appointment of Steve McClaren again caused a stir within the Newcastle fans, but with their first win of the season coming against Norwich, the fans and players will have a considerable amount of confidence going into Sunday’s game.

A Sunderland Fan’s Point of view: David Nunn (Sports Journalism Student)

As a Sunderland fan, the derby’s certainly have not been too bad over the last two and a half years, or five games as most people see it. But it is important not to be complacent, the players and staff must treat the game as a fresh and look to play without fear, as they have in recent times.

In our previous game away to West Brom last Saturday, we looked a side full of confidence and looked to play with no fear, but an individual mistake cost us the game.

As much as the signs were positive and last week’s game could have went in our favour, it is important to underline the fact that this game has the potential to push our season onwards if we were to win.

Big Sam seems to confident of getting the best out of these players and it is very reassuring for the fans when players come out and say what improvements are already being made, just as Fabio Borini did yesterday.

I can see Allardyce playing a 4-2-3-1 with Yann M’vila and Cattermole sitting in the holding roles, Steven Fletcher up front on his own with Borini, Jeremain Lens and possibly Ola Toivonen if fit.

The derby will be won and lost in the midfield as it is most years so it is important that both M’vila and Cattermole are at their best, just as it is for Newcastle.

My score prediction is: Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle

A Newcastle Fans Point of View: Jordan Cronin (Sports Journalism student)

Newcastle United come into this wear-tyne derby on the back of a heavy victory against Norwich.

The game against Norwich was a weird game I thought. The attacking threat we carried was excellent. The two wingers in Sissoko and Wijnaldum aswell as the two strikers whose partnership looks great in Mitrovic and Perez.

Sissoko was a big threat against The Canaries, you just don’t know what Sissoko will turn up. Of course, form goes out of the window in the derbies. The defending against Norwich was frightening, could of ended 6-6.

On the attack we have the ability to get forward with the pace we possess, but the defending needs to be spot on if we are to get something.

I have no doubt Big Sam will have his team tight at the back so i expect low scoring game.

Newcastle for this fixture in recent years have been affected psychologically under Alan Pardew, we will see on Sunday if Pardew was a factor in doing so bad.

I’m hoping under McClaren, who is experienced with Middlesbrough can help the players psychologically, get rid of that losing mentality.

Every players needs to perform and fight for the badge on Saturday. McClaren summed it up well, play the game not the occasion. If there’s anything to go by McClaren’s email, we will be fired up this time and ready. If we can turn up, play even the tiniest bit better than the last five, we should win the game, i believe we are the better side.

I expect a full blooded affair. If Sunderland get the first goal i think they’ll win.

Newcastle because of the recent misery, need a 2-0 lead in this one to see it out.

I’m going to go with Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle. Newcastle to score first

West Brom vs Sunderland AFC


Saido Berahino scored the only goal in West Brom’s 1-0 win over Sunderland as Costel Pantilimon’s second half mistake cost Sam Allardyce and Sunderland their first win.

West Brom’s Chris Brunt crossed a ball in from the left towards Berahino who tapped in the winner after Black Cats keeper Pantilimon was unable to keep hold of the ball.

The only real chance for Big Sam’s men came in the first half when Billy Jones header was tipped over from Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill.

The result leaves Sunderland bottom of the table, who go into the Wear Tyne derby still in search of their first 3 points.

Allardyce was appointed manager of Sunderland during the international break and had won his first match for his last four clubs.

Sunderland started well at the Hawthorns and could have easily been ahead in the first 60 seconds.

Both Lee Cattermole and Steven Fletcher had shots blocked early in the first half as well as ex Baggies defender Billy Jones who’s header brought an excellent save from Myhill.

Sunderland keeper Pantilimon was adamant he had been fouled on the 54th minute, when Berahino toe punted the winner home, but referee Martin Atkinson disagreed and allowed the goal to stand.

The result leaves Sunderland propping the table up, five points adrift from 17th place Bournemouth.

Advocaat quits Sunderland

Dick Advocaat has left Sunderland AFC today after yesterdays 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United.

After weeks of speculation, today saw Advocaat leave the club. Sunderland look to appoint there 4th manager 2 games before the Wear-Tyne derby in as many years.

Sean Dyche, Nigel Pearson and Sam Allardyce all look to be in contention for the job.

Advocaat has waved any settlement from the club and has clearly left with his head held high and dignity well in tact.

Dick said ” I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time to turn things round like we did last year.”
So, where do we go from here?

Sunderland AFC vs West Ham United

Sunderland hosted West Ham on Saturday with the Hosts looking for their first win of the season.

Sunderland started brightly with a goal in the 10th minute coming from Steven Fletcher after a well worked free kick. Jeremaine Lens made it 2-0 to the hosts with an excellent lobbed finish over the West Ham keeper.

The game could have been out of sight before half time with Fabio Borini missing an excellent chance and John Oshea drawing a good save from Adrian.

One minute into added time Victor Moses crossed from the left wing, for Carl Jenkinson to finish off with his weaker left foot.

The game opened up in the second half when Referee Neil Swarbrick sent off Lens for a second bookable offence. Moments later Dimitri Payet latched onto Costel Pantilimons spilled save and made it 2-2.

Both sides will be disappointed not to take away all three points. Referee Neil Swarbrick ruined the game with a handful of awful decisions. Sunderland go into the International break uncertain of manager Dick Advocaats future.

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