Honours even in Tyne-Wear derby

The Bolton News: Demba Ba's own goal handed Sunderland a point in the Tyne-Wear derby Demba Ba's own goal handed Sunderland a point in the Tyne-Wear derby

Demba Ba's own goal denied 10-man Newcastle a derby victory at Sunderland as a dramatic encounter on Wearside ended 1-1.

The Senegal striker could only look on in horror as John O'Shea's 85th-minute header hit him and sailed past helpless keeper Tim Krul to cancel out Yohan Cabaye's opener.

It was little more than the Black Cats deserved after belatedly making the most of Cheick Tiote's 25th-minute dismissal for a studs-up challenge on Steven Fletcher.

Cabaye had got the Magpies off to the perfect start with just three minutes gone and as Sunderland initially laboured in the search for an equaliser, the visitors held on to their lead relatively comfortably until a final onslaught.

Sunderland, despite seeing plenty of the ball, were rarely able to trouble Krul as Adam Johnson, James McClean and Stephane Sessegnon struggled to provide any meaningful service for frontman Steven Fletcher.

Hatem Ben Arfa found space down the right and played the ball in to Ba, whose shot from a tight angle was blocked by keeper Simon Mignolet at his near post. However, the Belgium international could only turn the ball into the path of the fast-arriving Cabaye at the edge of the box and his low drive was true and powerful and flew into the back of the net.

The game changed with 25 minutes gone when Tiote was sent back to the dressing room after careering into Fletcher. Referee Martin Atkinson had already blown for a foul on the Ivorian by Jack Colback, but his momentum carried him into the Scotland international and the official produced a red card, much to Tiote's astonishment.

The equaliser came as O'Shea met Sebastian Larsson's deep free-kick with a header which hit Ba and flew past Krul into the net to allow the home fans to breathe again.

Although they emerged with a point, the Black Cats have won only one home league derby since 1980, and have now tasted victory home or away against their neighbours on just one occasion in the last 16.

Newcastle left perhaps feeling they should have been doing so with all the points after staging a brave rearguard action in which returning skipper Fabricio Coloccini was superb, but satisfied to have come away with something to show for their efforts after Tiote's premature departure.

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