Same old Shola

Thursday 8th March 2012 10:29

Ameobi: take that Cattermole!

Ameobi: take that Cattermole!

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Toon FanZoner Darren Williams says the derby was full of bad tackles, play-acting and red cards... and he loved it!

Derby king Ameobi strikes again

Ya put ya left leg in, ya left leg out, in out in out, ya shake it all about, ya do the Ameobi and ya turn around, that's what it all about...

Wooooaahhhhh Shola Ameobi,

Wooooaahhhhh Shola Ameobi,

Wooooaahhhhh Shola Ameobi,

Knees bent, arm stretched...Ra Ra Ra!!!

Just as the Mackems thought they had secured a rare victory over the mighty Magpies at St James Park, the Geordie genius that is Shola Ameobi pulled yet another derby goal out of the bag to ensure our unbeaten run against the unwashed was maintained and justice was served.

Shola's equaliser came in added time and was a god send for the Toon Army following Demba Ba surprisingly missing a late penalty that would have seen us back level against a Sunderland team rightfully down to ten men following the sending off of elbow happy Stephane Sessegnon.

In a bad tempered game in which both teams (and managers) seemed to lack the ability to keep their emotions under control, the referee did a pretty decent job of keeping order in a game that threatened to turn into a North East royal rumble.

All in all eight yellow cards were shown by the referee who at times found himself under more pressure than Mike Ashley's car seat. No more so than after the final whistle when he sent off a second Sunderland player, this time the lunatic that is Lee Cattermole for his inability to keep his fat mouth shut after the game.

Cattermole, or should I say "Clattermole" was probably the main reason the game was as aggressive as it was following his idiotic tackle after 24 seconds which incensed the whole of the Newcastle fans and coaching staff. I don't subscribe to the "passion" Sunderland fans claim Cattermole plays with.

In my opinion the man shouldn't be allowed on the pitch never mind be captain. You expect professional players to be just that "professional" and be a role model for youngsters. Cattermole is certainly not that, he is simply a brain dead, loudmouthed thug.


For the balance of fairness Newcastle's Mike Williamson was in excusable for giving away a stupid penalty and whilst a great player Cheik Tiote did his reputation no favours with an acting display better placed at the local Tyne Theatre.

In my opinion, Sunderland shaded the first half and probably deserved their lead but Alan Pardew's side got their act together from the start of the second half and it was the home team in black and white who dominated thereafter.

The two Demba's had an off day but Hatem Ben Arfa was inspirational as he teased and tormented. Yes Demba Ba missed the penalty but alongside over 52,000 fans I watched a spirited Geordie fightback and witnessed just rewards for a Newcastle team deserving of at least a point if not all three.

So the Magpies have taken four points out of six from the Mackems this season and rightfully sit above them in the Premier League table. I wonder if Sunderland's subsequent suspensions from the red cards will have a major impact on their next cup game against Everton... let's hope so!

So, was Alan Pardew out of order for his touchline antics?...YES

Was Cheik Tiote a drama queen?...YES

Should Sunderland have has 2 players sent off?...YES

Would I want the drama, banter and emotion any other way?...NO

That my Fanzone friends is what you call a Tyne Wear derby!


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