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Tyne- Wear derby summary

Fans at the game Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

One goal each. Two red cards. Two penalties. Two managers snarling at each other on the touchline and a match that Newcastle United and Sunderland fans won’t forget in a hurry. The historic rivalry between the tribes from the Tyne and the Wear has seen many highs and lows, but this was a deliciously nasty addition to the record books. Sunderland Captain Lee Cattermole typified the madness of it all. In the first minute he was booked for a scything tackle, then beyond the last minute he got himself sent off. Cattermole’s red card after the final whistle for a “frank exchange of views” with referee Mike Riley was a disappointing postscript for the Black Cats, who came within moments of a famous win at the home of their old enemies. Martin O’Neill’s men were well worth the lead they held at half time, but the needless sending off of Stephane Sessegnon fundamentally altered the game and offered Newcastle their route to redemption. Even then it took a missed penalty and a healthy dose of stoppage time to break down the Black Cat resistance. But cometh the hour, cometh the man, and Wearside nemesis Shola Ameobi embellished his legendary status by scoring his 7th career goal against Sunderland. This wasn’t for the purist. This wasn’t Barcelona popping the ball about in hypnotic patterns. This was a good, old-fashioned English Derby, with bad tackles, big decisions, dramatic moments and angry faces. And it was wonderful.

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