By Adam Tones
Monday 07 Feb 2011 14:38:00
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Newcastle United 5-1 Sunderland

                                  Nolan (26,34,75)                      Bent (90)

                                  Ameobi (45 pen, 70)                Bramble sent off (52)



Outstanding, superb and master class are just a few words to describe the derby day demolition of local rivals Sunderland. Sunday 31ST October a day in which records were broke and new ones were set at St.James’ Park. Newcastle manager Chris Hughton named an unchanged side to face Sunderland, which consisted of youth and experience blended together. The start of the game was signalled with the sound of referee Phil Dowd’s whistle and 52,988 roaring supporters chanting there club songs.


The first ten minutes were as expected cagey with both teams cancelling each other out, Chris Hughton opted with the 4-4-2 formation with intent to attack and go for the win, while Steve Bruce went defensive with 4-5-1 formation leaving Darren Bent up top on his own. Newcastle in my opinion took hold of the game after about 20 minutes, with continuous attacks coming from out wide as well as in the centre of the pitch; it was inevitable that a goal was coming.


After a couple of chances coming from previous corners, Newcastle looked dangerous from set plays. The corner came from a powered shot from Joey Barton, which was palmed around the post by young goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The resulting corner that was taken by Barton, was floated into the box, headed down by Shola Ameobi and spectacularly finished off by Kevin Nolan with a bicycle kick into the roof of the net. It didn’t take long for Newcastle to double there lead, just six minutes later and yes that man again pop up to make it 2-0. Jonas Gutierez’s shot was cannoned back off a Sunderland defender falling to Andy Carroll’s feet, the Geordie born lad attempted the overhead kick but failed to pull it off, luckily the ball landed at Kevin Nolan’s feet with just the keeper to beat. Nolan first touch was not the best but swept the ball home with his second touch under Mignolet.


Newcastle were in dreamland, and things were about to get better on the stroke of half time, Phil Dowd awarded the home side a penalty after Jonas Gutierez was tripped by on loan Sunderland defender Nedum Onuoha as he was making an encouraging run down the left flank. Onuoha who was lucky to stay on the pitch as he had already received a yellow card earlier on in the match. On looking Newcastle fans were nervous as Shola Ameobi stepped up to take the spot kick. Shola finished the job off just before half time after a well-taken powerful penalty into the bottom left hand corner of the net in front of the gallowgate end.




The second half began with Newcastle United 3-0 up and dreaming of more goals. Sunderland came out fighting and went straight on the attack after kick off but could not manage to find there way past a well organised Newcastle defence and goalkeeper. Newcastle regained the ball and put Andy Carroll through but with a lot to do, the 6 foot plus inch striker picked the ball up and made a superb run leaving the Sunderland defence in tatters. Carroll who grabbed the winning goal away to West Ham, was about to enter the box and let go of a lethal shot towards goal, but just before making his way into the box Sunderland central defender and ex Newcastle centre back Titus Bramble misread the game and wiped out Andy Carroll. The free kicked was awarded and Bramble was given his marching orders with a straight red card as he was last man. Derby day was getting better every minute three goals up and Sunderland down to ten men with a former magpie player receiving the red. The free kick by Joey Barton came to nothing and was easily cleared by Sunderland.


4-0 and the competition was on with Kevin Nolan to see whom if any would take the match ball home. As you probably guessed yes it was Shola Ameobi who grabbed his second and Newcastle’s fourth. A pin point cross by former Sunderland loanee defender Danny Simpson landed on Andy Carroll forehead, the ball ricohshaded against Simon Mignolet’s crossbar and landed in the middle of the box before Shola Ameobi came running in and scissor kicked the ball into the roof of the net on the 70th minute. Great finish from the long-term servant of the club.


Only 20 minutes remained in the first Tyne-wear derby of the season with Newcastle closing in on a landslide victory against there arch rivals. After already managing to slot in four goals, the fans were expecting a couple more to celebrate but also to try and emulate are superb 6-0 home victory against Aston Villa a few months earlier. The team as you can imagine were ‘buzzing’ with confident and with the morale levels at a high, chances were inevitable.


Only just over a quarter of the match remaining and the ball is cleared out for another Newcastle United corner. Joey Barton swung the ball in; great movement by Shola Ameobi to lose his marker flicking the ball on perfectly to land on new local hero Kevin Nolan’s head and in the back of the net. The net rippled and the fans roared, as Kevin Nolan became only the third Newcastle player to score a hat trick in the Tyne-wear derby following the footsteps of Alan Tait in 1956 and Peter Beardsley in 1985. The hat-trick goal was celebrated in the same manor as his first two with a ‘chicken’ like celebration. Kevin Nolan was asked post match what the ‘chicken’ style celebration was all about, telling us that it was a joke between his team mates, as one of the lads dances like a chicken on a night out.


The away end was pretty much empty by the time the end of the game approached, so a lot of the away supporters missed Darren Bent’s consolation goal minutes before the match ended. The goal came from a lapse of concentration in the Newcastle back four allowing Ghanaian John Mensah to rise high and flick the ball on into the middle of the six yard box, Darren Bent stuck his right leg out beating Tim Krul to the ball and prodding the ball into the corner of the net with muted celebrations from players and fans. Just to take the ‘mick’ a little more even the Newcastle fans cheered Darren Bent’s consolation goal.


As you can imagine celebrations on Tyne side were at a high and the story grabbed the headline titles in many local and national newspapers. Pre match the talk was all about Chris Hughton’s future as the clubs manager, which many find very strange as the former Tottenham coach guided us back from an all time low of the Championship, getting us promoted at the first attempt with a staggering 102 points and an unbeaten home record. Even though Chris managed to promote us straight back up to the top flight, speculation was again floating around that a more experienced manager would replace him. Quite rightly Chris was given the right to have his crack at the top flight and as to date done a great job, as are target is survival for are first season back in the Barclays Premier League.


Chris Hughton so far has managed to take a point away to wolves and two draws at home to Wigan and Fulham. As well as taking all three points away to West Ham, Arsenal and Everton as well as home victories to Sunderland and Aston Villa. Not only has Mr Hughton weaved his magic in the league he has also managed a fantastic 4-3 away victory to Premier League champions Chelsea in there own back yard. Chris Hughton has given youngsters the chance to prove themselves and make a claim for a place in the senior team. Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Andy Carroll and Tim Krul a few of the players used by Hughton since taking charge over a year ago. There has been a few disappointing results, but overall Chris Hughton has done a fantastic job and gained the respect and belief off all his players but also the players respect Chris. Surely it is now time for Mike Ashley to offer Chris Hughton the long-term contract he thoroughly deserves. 

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