Another year, another typically firey Wear-Tyne derby. Newcastle will no doubt have walked away with most of the plaudits thanks to a strong and spirited display despite the loss of fearsome defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote to a first half red card that has seemingly split the Newcastle fans in half, and in truth Sunderland never looked like capitalising too much on their one man advantage, even with 65 minutes to do it in.
Both managers can probably be happy with a point: Pardew given the nature of the draw – though not given how long the Magpies protected their slender lead – and O’Neill given how poorly his team played for good portions of the game. Neither side has yet reached their full potential this season, and neither has got all of their best players working together particularly well, and it is down to the managers to change something as we begin to head into the busiest point of the season. Because come Christmas, if neither team is really firing on all cylinders, that is when fans and chairmen tend to get a little itchy – not that either manager should be particularly worried about the chop at this early stage.
And now the dust has settled on yesterday’s derby, it’s time to start the inquisition into what we learned from the game.
Click within to reveal the 8 biggest lessons from this season’s Wear-Tyne derby…
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