No Separating Tyne-Wear Rivals

The Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland ended in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park in the English Premier League on Sunday afternoon. This derby is always an entertaining one and this time did not prove to be any different as both teams are fighting relegation.  It was a feisty affair as both teams really wanted to win the match and it was clear in the way that they played. 
 
The style of play from both of them was fast-paced and both looked threatening in attack.  The match was quite physical and intense.  Jermain Defoe made the breakthrough for the Black Cats when he scored just before half-time when Rob Elliot made a save but failed to clear the danger, which resulted in Sam Allardyce’s men going into the break with the lead.
 
Newcastle had a much better second half having come close to scoring just after the interval but the ball was cleared off the line.  They did not give up and remained hungry for a goal.  Their hard work finally paid off when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed into the bottom corner of the net in the 83rd minute levelling matters for the Magpies. 
 
On balance, it was probably the right outcome since the visitors had the better first half and United had the better second stanza.  The result for both teams means that they are still very much in the danger zone in terms of relegation.  Rafa Benitez’s boys remain 19th with 26 points and the Wearsiders are just one point ahead of their rivals in 18th place.