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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