The biggest home game of the year for Newcastle fans turned out to be a very miserable one. Another loss to Sunderland at St James’ Park, albeit not as big as the previous two.
We take a look at the major talking points both on and off the pitch…
Newcastle received support from some unlikely places prior to the match. The Wealdstone Raider was pictured with a ‘SMB’ sign before going on to reach 5th place in the UK charts later in the evening beating the likes of One Direction and Taylor Swift.
He wasn’t the only one supporting Newcastle who has had a questionable rise to fame and life in the public eye.
Here is Gaz from Geordie Shore pictured with Ant at St James’ Park before kick off. Ant looked like he had just stepped off a golf course, either that or his outfit was some sort of dare.
We hope Gaz isn’t a replacement for Dec…
The match kicked off and Newcastle started positively, causing some early problems for Gus Poyet’s team.
As expected in the 17th minute there was a round of applause from Newcastle fans and the majority of Sunderlands fans as a tribute to Liam Sweeney and John Alder.
One fan had his own way of paying respects to Liam and John…
Unfortunately though there were some Sunderland fans who showed no class…
This Sunderland fan is having none of the minutes applause. https://t.co/KCOzT9y82v
— Eamo (@EamoV1) December 21, 2014
Half time came and the score was 0-0 with both sides failing to caplitaise on any chances made.
Shortly after the 2nd half kicked off there was a big delay as Steven Taylor suffered a head injury whilst defending a Sunderland attack. He took one for the team and ended up colliding with the goal post in order to prevent Sunderland scoring.
This event again caused some Sunderland fans to show what they are really like…
Love this photo! Steven Taylor we wish you were dead! pic.twitter.com/IGGhT7WNDj
— Craig Burnhope (@cburnhope88) December 22, 2014
Mags didn't appreciate us singing 'Steven Taylor we hope you are dead' when he was lying on the floor…..bantzz
— Glen Hargrave (@GlenHargrave19) December 22, 2014
Twitter responded to their disgusting chants…
Sunderland fans chanting 'Steven Taylor, we wish you were dead' after he clattered the post was tasteless and disgusting. Good job
— James Dickson (@JamesD1993) December 21, 2014
— PRT (@PaulRoseTroup) October 21, 2012
But Steven Taylor showed his strength and was soon back on his feet…
Following the delay there was more pressure from Newcastle as they looked to end their run of defeats against Sunderland, with Ayoze Perez coming close to scoring on a number of occasions.
It was not all one sided though as Sunderland started to cause some troubles for the home side.
With the final whistle approaching, Alan Pardew encouraged his team to get forward and grab a late goal – and it nearly happened when Moussa Sissoko’s long range effort was tipped over the bar by Costel Pantilimon.
However the resulting corner was poorly executed and Sunderland were able to begin a counter attack.
With few Newcastle players left to defend Jak Alnwick’s goal, the moment every Newcastle fan was dreading occured. Adam Johnson scored again leaving Newcastle with hardly anytime to snatch a deserved point.
Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland – a disappointing result and display from the Toon but most fans will feel that they deserved at least a point.
What do you think?