Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland
Last Updated: Sun, 04 Mar 2012 14:21
Super-sub Shola Ameobi scores an injury-time equaliser to earn Newcastle their share of the spoils in a heated Tyne-Wear derby.
Sunderland were reduced to ten men and had captain Lee Cattermole sent off after the final whistle in what was a typically fiery encounter between the two sides.
Demba Ba also missed a second-half penalty before Ameobi leveled the scoreline on the 92nd minute.
It was a slow start to the game at the Sports Direct Arena with Mike Dean more involved than any of the players. The referee handed out six first-half bookings including one for Cattermole inside the first minute and it seemed unlikely at the offset that 22 players would remain at full-time.
The first real chance of the game came from the penalty spot and Nicklas Bendtner converted it to put the visitors into the lead. Mike Williamson conceded the spot-kick after bringing down Michael Turner and the on-loan Arsenal forward made no mistake from 12-yards.
Bendtner almost got his second moments later but his low strike forced a fine save out of Tim Krul with the Black Cats dominating proceedings.
Alan Pardew's side almost drew level just before the break when Ba rattled the crossbar with a header from Ryan Taylor's corner but that was their only opportunity in the first 45 minutes.
The Magpies improved after the restart with Ba going close from the edge of the box and they were given a one-man advantage before the hour mark when Stephane Sessegnon saw red for an elbow on Cheik Tiote.
The hosts began to control the game but could not make any of their chances pay. They also saw two penalty appeals turned down before Fraizer Campbell fouled Ameobi inside the box and Mike Dean pointed to the spot, only for Ba to see his spot-kick saved by Simon Mignolet.
It looked like Sunderland were heading to their first derby win since October 2008 until Ameobi turned in Williamson's cross at the far post in the second minute of stoppage time.
Cattermole was given his marching orders as the players were leaving the pitch. The Black Cats' captain said one word too many to Mike Dean who awarded him his second booking.
The point leaves Newcastle just two behind fifth-placed Chelsea while Sunderland move to 11th, though a win would have lifted them to eighth.