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March 2016

Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland AFC

Sunderland were once again denied all three points and a seventh derby victory in a row after Aleksander Mitrovic netted a late equaliser.

The Serbian striker headed the ball past Vito Mannone in Rafa Benitez’ first home game.

Jermain Defoe’s left footed volley put the visitors ahead before half time.

The point a better one for Sunderland who are one ahead of their rivals and just two from safety.

The result ends a run of six straight derby defeats for the magpies.

Sam Allardyce was left frustrated in his post match press conference.

“For me, if we don’t start getting these clean sheets it’s going to be a massive problem. We are a team that has to score twice to win.

“Sadly we didn’t get the second goal and we conceded late on again. We had the chances to put the game to bed, but missed them.

“Second half, I don’t know why we sat in and let Newcastle come at us. Maybe that was the size of the game, but in the end we haven’t done that and it’s two points dropped.

“We should have won this one. We need four wins from the last eight, so it’s now must-win rather than draw.”

Analysis

For me Allardyce was to blame for this one. Dame N’doye was brought on to replace Wahbi Khazri on the left wing and we immediately paid for it as a cross was easily put in from the right hand side and turned in by Mitrovic.

We all know Allardyce is a manager who warrants any football fans respect but on a few occasions over the past few months certain substitutes and the inability to see out results has cost us games.

German Beauty

After getting of to a poor start to his Sunderland career against Tottenham Hotspur, Jan Kirchoff is now looking like a player who has played for one of the best teams in the world in Bayern Munich. For me him and Yann M’vila are going to be a pivotal part of our survival campaign.

Where do we go from here?

Its clear that we have to start picking up wins from now until the end of the season if we are to stay in the Premier league. With five of our last eight games being at home, all be it against some tough sides, its important to be positive in our set up and look to get all three points.

Newcastle

  • 21 Rob Elliot
  • 22 Daryll Janmaat
  • 18 Chancel Mbemba
  • 15 Jemaal Lascelles
  • 4 Jack Colback
  • 12 Shelvey
  • 5 Wijnaldum
  • 25 Townsend
  • 17 Pérez
  • 7 Sissoko
  • 45 Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 8 Anita
  • 9 Cisse
  • 10 de Jong
  • 23 Saivet
  • 26 Darlow
  • 27 Taylor
  • 29 Riviere

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 24 Yedlin
  • 23 Koné
  • 15 Kaboul
  • 3 van Aanholt
  • 27 Kirchhoff
  • 9 Borini
  • 21 M’Vila
  • 8 Rodwell
  • 22 Khazri
  • 18 Defoe

Substitutes

  • 2 Jones
  • 6 Cattermole
  • 10 N’doye
  • 13 Pickford
  • 16 O’Shea
  • 17 Lens
  • 20 Toivonen
Referee:Martin Atkinson
Attendance:52,311
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Sunderland AFC’s top seven goals vs NUFC

Sunderland’s last six meetings with Newcastle United have all ended in a win and on March 20 the Black Cats will look to extend their unbeaten run to seven. This derby is arguably the most important, with both clubs fighting relegation at this point in the season, three points would be huge for either side. We take a look at Sunderland’s top seven goals against the Magpies.

1. Jermain Defoe’s winning volley. (05/04/2015)                                                                      Jermain Defoe’s volley against Newcastle United back in April 2015 ignited Sunderland’s survival campaign. The goal came just before half time when ex Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon sent the ball forward from a free kick, Steven Fletcher won the flick on and Defoe’s deadly striker instinct came into play as he spectacularly volleyed home with his weaker left foot.

2.David Vaughan’s strike in 3-0 away win. (14/04/2013)                                                                      David Vaughan topped off an unexpected 3-0 win for Sunderland away to local rivals Newcastle when he drove his left footed effort into the top left corner. The game will be remembered for Ex Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio and his excellent celebrations for all three goals. Di Canio and his knee slides will be remembered forever in premier league history. The Italian was became an instant hero in the eyes of all Sunderland fans as he ran down the touchline and slid past the devastated Geordies. It has to be said, Vaughan’s effort was the best of the lot.  The win was one of the most unexpected derby wins ever for Sunderland. The away end was absolutely ecstatic as the Newcastle fans faded away out of the stadium.

3. Steven Fletcher’s counter attacking goal in 3-0 home win. (25/10/2015)                                    Steven Fletchers penultimate goal for Sunderland came in the latest derby, back in October 2015. Sunderland centre back Younes Kaboul ran the full length of the pitch before picking out a perfectly time cross with his weaker left foot, for Fletcher to divert into the bottom left corner. A goal that will always be remembered by Sunderland fans.

4. Stephen Elliot equaliser away in 3-2 loss. (23/10/2005)                                                                 Stephen Elliot’s long range equaliser from back in 2005 makes the cut. The strike was an excellent one but the away side didn’t manage to hold on for a point when Emre grabbed Newcastle United all three at St James Park. The fans sold out another packed away end back in 2005. The goal, aside from the result, will be remembered in the hearts of all Sunderland fans forever.

5. Fabio Borini winner in 2-1 home win. (27/10/2013)                                                                            Fabio Borini’s first goal for Sunderland was a spectacular winner in a 2-1 win at home to Newcastle. As well as his first goal, the trend of sacking a manager and appointing a manager the game before the derby continued as Gus Poyet got his first home win. The goal was made even more special with the winner coming so late on in the game for the Black Cats.

6.Kieran Richardson free kick in 2-1 home win. (25/10/2008)                                                           Kieran Richardson’s superb free kick in a 2-1 win at home give Sunderland their first derby win in eight years. The stage was set for the Sunderland manager that year, Roy Keane and Richardson himself to smash home his free kick, which was just outside the 18-yard box.

7. Kevin Phillips Chipped effort over Shay Given. (25/08/1999)                                                        Last but certainly not least is Kevin Phillips’ chip over Shay Given back in the 1999/2000 season. Niall Quinn scored a good header before Kevin Phillips produced a moment of magic, beating a helpless given. The win for the Black Cats also caused Ruud Gullit to lose his job managing the magpies.

 

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland left devestated after Virgil van Dijk snatched a stoppage-time equaliser for 10-man Southampton to deny the visitors an important victory at St Mary’s.

After Saints’ Jose Fonte was sent off for hauling down Fabio Borini when the Italian was through on goal, Jermain Defoe put the visitors ahead.

Substitute Defoe finished after good work from Lamine Kone.

Sunderland packed their defence, but Van Dijk still found space in the area to fire in from 12 yards out.

With the bottom three all losing, a win would have taken Sam Allardyce’s side three points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite the disappointment of conceding so late in the match, Sunderland opened a gap over the bottom three, albeit only one point.

Defeats for Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa will be some comfort for the travelling supporters, who were just seconds away from witnessing a first clean sheet in 15 Premier League games.

Three points would have been a big lift for the Black Cats, but one could still prove crucial.

Sunderland’s next match – in two weeks’ time – is a potentially pivotal Tyne-Wear derby against fellow strugglers Newcastle.

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace

Fabio Borini hit a stunning strike to level the game and grab a crucial point for Sunderland.

Dame N’Doye’s deflected first-half effort had put the hosts in front.

Connor Wickham scored twice in six second-half minutes against his former club to put Palace on course for a first league win in 11 games.

But substitute Borini’s injury-time effort from an almost impossible angle rescued a point for Sam Allardyce’s side and moved them up to 17th.

Sunderland are only out of the drop zone on goal difference, with Norwich and Newcastle also on 24 points and occupying the two places below them.

But, having been faltering in the bottom three since November, this late show will give Allardyce confidence that his men have the stomach for a relegation fight.

The Black Cats still only have one win in seven though, and their frailties were on show when they almost collapsed just after the hour mark, as Wickham snatched two well-taken goals.

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