Boss on derby draw

by Kate Smith

Boss won't forget goal reaction.

Manager Martin O’Neill watched his side come back from a goal down to take a share of the spoils in the 146th Wear-Tyne derby.

Newcastle United took an early lead through Yohan Cabaye’s third minute rebound effort and it was over 80 minutes later before Sunderland pulled level to deny the visitors the win.

United were down to 10 men after Cheick Tiote was shown a red card, following a challenge on Steven Fletcher.

Black Cats boss O’Neill admitted that the dismissal seemed to galvanise Newcastle, but the endeavour of his players was enough to produce a result.

O’Neill told “I’m delighted we came away with something from the game and that we didn’t get beaten.

“However, I felt that when Newcastle went down to 10 men we should have taken a minute or two to think about it, instead of getting anxious about it.

“In the final third we were quite clumsy, we could have done better and we should have created a few more opportunities.”

Sunderland had almost twice as many shots on goal than United and that perseverance paid off in the 85th minute as John O’Shea steered the ball into the path of Demba Ba for the striker to put through his own net.

“In the second half, I think sheer pressure alone yielded the equalising goal and because of that pressure I feel it was deserved,” O’Neill added.

“We got the break and we had time to go get the winning goal, it might have been harsh on Newcastle, but then again it’s almost like a reversal from our game with them last year.

“The pleasing aspect was that even when time was running out we kept at it and applying pressure.

“The crowd were willing the ball into the back of the net.

“The noise that greeted the kick off was just fantastic and the noise that greeted the equalising goal was something I won’t forget in a hurry!”