Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 1
SHOLA Ameobi again proved to be Sunderland’s derby nemesis after his stoppage time leveller denied the 10-man Black Cats derby glory.
Ameobi’s seventh goal against Sunderland proved sufficient to earn Newcastle a share of the spoils after Nicklas Bendtner’s penalty and Simon Mignolet’s penalty save looked to have secured a first win on Tyneside since 2000.
After a blood and thunder opening which saw five players booked in the first 20 minutes, Sunderland broke the deadlock midway through the first half after Newcastle centre-half Mike Williamson was penalised for pulling the shirt of Michael Turner from Kieran Richardson’s free-kick.
Bendtner stepped up to the plate and sent the spot-kick beyond Tim Krul into the bottom left-hand corner.
The Dane went close to a second eight minutes later with a chest and volley from 20 yards which Krul did well to push away.
Newcastle finally burst into life as the half drew to a close – Demba Ba going close on the stroke of the interval when he headed Yohan Cabaye’s corner onto the crossbar from six yards.
The Magpies continued to push for an equaliser in the early exchanges of the second half, Ba twice sending efforts wide of the mark.
But it was Sunderland who had a superb opportunity to add to their lead in the 57th minute – Tim Krul producing a stunning double stop to deny first Seb Larsson and then James McClean.
Those misses looked costly moments later when Stephane Sessegnon was handed a straight red card for an elbow on Cheik Tiote, who produced a nauseating reaction in rolling around on the floor.
Newcastle piled on the pressure and it looked to have paid off in the 82nd minute when Black Cats substitute Fraizer Campbell needlessly lunged into Shola Ameobi down the left-hand side of the Sunderland area.
Ba stepped up, but Mignolet produced a stunning stop to push it around the post, low to his left.
Newcastle levelled in the first minute of stoppage time when Ameobi pounced on the far post from Gutierrez’s inswinging cross from the left.
After the whistle, skipper Lee Cattermole was then shown a second yellow card for arguing with referee Mike Dean.
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Santon (Ben Arfa 46), Cabaye, Simpson, Williamson, Cisse (Ameobi 72), Taylor (Lovenkrands 88), Gutierrez, Ba, Tiote. Subs not used: Elliot, Guthrie, Perch, Obertan. Booked: Cabaye (13), Simpson (19), Williamson (24), Ba (23), Tiote (67)
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Cattermole, Larsson (Colback 73), Gardner, Richardson (Bridge 83), O’Shea, McClean, Sessegnon, Bendtner (Campbell 72). Subs not used: Gordon, Vaughan, Kilgallon, Meyler. Booked: Cattermole (1), Gardner (51), McClean (14), Campbell (82). Sent off: Cattermole (90)