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Newcastle protesting Coloccini’s derby dismissal

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Newcastle United is thin at center back already, which makes the red card given to Fabricio Coloccini in Sunday’s derby loss to Sunderland hard to stomach.

Many understand referee Bobby Madley’s decision to award a penalty kick to Sunderland for Coloccini’s shoulder barge into onrushing Steven Fletcher, but public opinion seems to be on the Magpies’ captain’s side when it comes the red card awarded for denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.

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Goalkeeper Rob Elliot was close to scooping the ball up when Fletcher flailed his arms and hit the turf. DOGSO? Maybe not, and Newcastle is protesting the decision.

From the BBC:

A Regulatory Commission will hear the appeal on Tuesday afternoon.

If the dismissal stands, the defender will miss Newcastle’s home game with Stoke on Saturday.

We expect the suspension to stand, though Madley’s peculiar performance bears another mention. Madley dealt out three yellow cards to NUFC, while giving noted hard man Lee Cattermole multiple verbal warnings but no cards.

Carver on derby loss: “Will suffer a few weeks, months, maybe years”

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A nine-point gap between itself and the drop zone is likely enough for Newcastle United to stay in the Premier League, but that’s not going to make any Tynesiders feel any better after a fifth-successive loss to rivals Sunderland.

Jermain Defoe’s good-looking goal just before halftime was enough for the Black Cats to get a 1-0 home win over Carver’s charges, once comfortably mid-table but winners of just two matches since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace early this year.

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Once relegation fodder, Pardew’s Palace now sits ahead of Newcastle on the table and Sunderland’s derby win has boosted the Black Cats hopes of remaining in the Premier League. In fact, Sunderland’s six points vs. the Magpies last season were one more than the five they needed to survive the drop. It’ll likely be a similar figure this season.

That stings NUFC supporters… and Carver:

“I thought we were second best in every department. If we would’ve gone into halftime 0-0, I would’ve been doing somersaults because we weren’t really in there. We were second best.

“(The loss) leaves a bitter taste in your mouth… A football club, our football club shouldn’t lose five in a row to our neighbors. I remember when I was here winning five in a row. I will suffer for a few weeks, months, maybe even a few years.”

Next up: a trip to Liverpool and visits from Spurs and Swansea. It’s not at all absurd to think Newcastle will still have just 35 points come May. Then they’ll face a run-in of Leicester City, West Brom, QPR and West Ham.

While the Magpies are unlikely to finish in the relegation zone, they may be no more than a point or two above it by the time the season ends. That’ll trouble Newcastle supporters, and yet will pale in comparison to the reaction you’ll get from mentioning five straight losses to Sunderland.

Dick Advocaat praises “well-deserved win” in Tyne-Wear derby

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Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat was ecstatic after Sunderland defeated Newcastle for their fifth-straight Tyne-Wear derby victory. Jermain Defoe marked the 1-0 win with an extraordinary volley, but Sunderland dominated throughout.

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“It was special. If you win the game it makes it special,” Advocaat said of the rivalry. But he knew he couldn’t do it alone. “When we arrived here [the fans] gave us a very positive feeling, and it continued during the game.”

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“I think it was a well-deserved win, the way we played, the way we worked, to pressurize their midfield. We didn’t give a lot of chances away, and we have three or four chances to score a goal, so I think it was a well-deserved win.

Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle: Defoe wonder strike downs poor Magpies (video)

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The 154th Tyne-Wear derby ended in familiar fashion as Jermain Defoe’s stunning goal at the Stadium of Light gave Sunderland its fifth straight victory over bitter rivals Newcastle for a massive boost in the relegation battle.

Defoe ripped home a wonderful goal just before halftime as Sunderland deservedly went ahead after an impressive first half. They weathered the visiting pressure through the final 45 minutes to see out the victory in just Dick Advocaat’s second game in charge.

Things really began in the sixth minute when Newcastle looked threatening and Ayoze Perez went down in the box but referee Mike Dean waved play on. From that point on Sunderland bossed the match through the first half.

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The Black Cats broke down the other end immediately after Perez’s shout and earned a pair of corners, the second of which nearly came off but Billy Jones’ cross at the far post was blocked just feet in front of the net. The atmosphere was bright but things closed down until the 22nd minute when Connor Wickham got away from Moussa Sissokho at the back post on a corner but headed wide. The Black Cats continued to dominate possession through the half-hour mark, owning nearly 75% possession and a 5-0 corner advantage, but they couldn’t get take the lead.

Jermain Defoe had a big chance After 45 minutes of playing on top, the home side would finally get their deserved lead from yet another spectacular goal on a weekend bulging with plenty of the like. A contested header at the top of the box won by Steven Fletcher fell to Jermain Defoe, and the former Toronto FC striker ripped a looping volley into the top corner before the ball even hit the ground.

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After a poor first 45 minutes, Newcastle came out of the dressing room charged for the second half but it didn’t last long. Sunderland got back on the front foot. They allowed Newcastle more possession as the game went on and the clock became an enemy of the Magpies, and looked dangerous on the counter. Wickham had a big chance with 20 minutes left, but shot just over on the break.

The game had its usual physical flair to it, as Mike Dean ended up issuing seven yellow cards throughout the chippy match, five of them to the home side (although Lee Cattermole remained unscathed). Wickham nearly put the game away with seven minutes to go but he scuffed a massive chance wide off a defender’s foot from dead in front of goal. The ensuing corner was headed at the near post by Santiago Vergini but Tim Krul saved well.

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Newcastle had one big chance as the clock wound down as Perez volleyed a corner towards the top corner, but the ball thumped just over the bar with three minutes to go. Sunderland held nervously on for the win and an enormous three points, moving them three points ahead of the drop and into 15th position. Newcastle, meanwhile, is still nine points above the relegation zone and presumably safe, but they remain in 13th position.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Gomez; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe (Johnson 80′).

Goals – Defoe 45+1′

Newcastle: Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran (Riviere 58′), Ameobi (Armstrong 87′), Cabella, Perez.

Watch Live: Sunderland vs Newcastle (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Sunderland will need to make it five straight over Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle if they wish to pull themselves out of immediate danger at the bottom of the table.

The two heated foes will take to the Stadium of Light at 11am ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra. Newcastle seems to be safe from the drop but interim manager John Carver has still seen his side to three straight losses, so both sides have trends to buck.

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For Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland, Lee Cattermole is back from a two-match suspension, and Billy Jones makes a return to the back line after missing nearly two months with a hamstring injury. However, the Black Cats are still missing Wes Brown and Emmanuel Giaccherini due to injury, while Will Buckley surprisingly returns from a knee problem to make the bench.

Carver, meanwhile, has to deal with news that Massadio Haidara will no longer be available for the rest of the way due to knee surgery, and his team is severely thinned from injury and suspension. Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, and Siem de Jong are all out injured, while Papiss Cisse remains banned for spitting on an opponent and Fabricio Coloccini continues to serve his red card suspension.

Anything goes in a Tyne-Wear derby, and nothing sums that sentiment up than Sunderland’s current streaks. The Black Cats have won four straight in this fixture, while they’ve gone unbeaten in six, but come into today’s matchup winless in eight straight matches across all competitions.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Gomez; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.
Bench: Bridcutt, Johnson, Reveillere, Graham, Coates, Buckley, Mannone.

Newcastle: Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Ameobi, Cabella, Perez.
Bench: Elliot, Anita, Abeid, Kemen, Obertan, Riviere, Armstrong.