Oct 21, 2012 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
NewcastleNewcastle United
Ba (85' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Cabaye (3')
Ameobi (25'), Coloccini (68'), Williamson (84'), Cabaye (86')
Cheik Tioté (25')

Match Analysis: Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle United

Steven Fletcher, Fabricio Coloccini
© PA Photos
Sports Mole casts an eye over Sunderland's late 1-1 draw with local rivals Newcastle United.

A late own goal from Demba Ba secured Sunderland a point from their derby fixture with Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

It looked as though Yohan Cabaye's early strike was going to be enough for the visiting Magpies, who had Cheick Tiote sent off during the first half for a late challenge.

However, Ba's mistake in the closing stages ensured that the spoils were shared.

Sports Mole looks back over the 90 minutes to determine if the result was a fair one.

Match statistics:

Shots 16
On target 6
Possession 61%
Corners 8
Fouls 14

Shots 10
On target 7
Possession 39%
Corners 4
Fouls 15

Was the result fair?

In terms of possession and domination, particularly during the second half, Sunderland deserved something from the encounter. However, a draw is harsh on a Newcastle side that played extremely well prior to losing Tiote. They even had chances to score a second before Sunderland drew level.

Sunderland's performance

It's doubtful that Martin O'Neill will be too complimentary about his team's performance. They started slowly and failed to make the most of their man advantage. Nevertheless, they kept plugging away and finally grabbed a fortunate leveller late in the encounter.

Newcastle's performance

Before they went down to 10 men Newcastle were dominating match. As expected they had less possession when they were a man light, but they still performed astutely and with great discipline.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Fabricio Coloccini: The Argentine returned to the Newcastle starting lineup following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem and it was like he had never been away. He kept the recently free-scoring Steven Fletcher quiet and it is no coincidence that Sunderland equalised after he had been replaced because of cramp.

Biggest gaffe

It's harsh on Ba because he didn't know a lot about it but his own goal is hard to ignore. John O'Shea's flick-on was easily going wide, only for the unfortunate Ba to send the ball into his own net via his face.

Referee performance

Derby encounters are never easy ones to officiate but Martin Atkinson did his job extremely well. He was left with little choice but to send off Tiote for his challenge on Fletcher and quite rightly waved away a couple of penalty appeals.

What next?

Sunderland: Next up for O'Neill's side is a trip to Stoke City's Britannia Stadium - a ground where they do not have the best of records in recent seasons.

Newcastle: After a trip to Bruges in the Europa League on Thursday night, the Magpies will play host to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.

Cheick Tiote is sent off for Newcastle
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