NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Sunderland manager Martin O' Neill (r )looks on as Newcastle mananger Alan Pardew celebrates the Newcastle goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at Sports Direct Arena on March 4, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Sorry I am a little tardy in producing this report, I will not produce a smorgasbord of half truths in my excuses . . . only my sincerest apologize as I beg for your forgiveness! Unfortunately, I was unable to watch the game in its entirety. I was up bright and early with my cup of Joe (Yes, 7 AM is too early for even me to start cracking open the Boddingtons) and could not get a picture up, so long story short: I was able to listen to the game from about the 5th minute on. On a happier note, I did flip on FIFA 2012 during half time and proceeded to trounce Sunderland with mighty Demba and Co. 5-0.
From what I gathered from the commentators (who were the fox soccer TV crew, not an actual radio crew) was that they got the best of us in the first half but we essentially trounced them in the second and were rather unfortunate not to get the three points. Obviously, I will not be able to do the player ratings this week since I would be trying to give player ratings off of the commentators analysis. To remedy this problem, I had a brilliant idea. If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate your opinion on player ratings in the comments. You can give number ratings or just an analysis and some highlights. This would alleviate the problem mentioned above as well as stroke my ego by compiling comments to my post! As for the rest of the post; everything is here so please enjoy!
"I'm absolutely delighted with my team. They showed real courage and determination to turn that around. They smashed Check [Tiote] to try and disrupts him, and we got sucked into that in the first half. We didn't play any football, it was just a physical war and they were better than us at that. But then in the second half we came out, played our game, and forgot about all that we got the best of them."
"It's awesome every single time when you score a goal as a striker. It's always a nice feeling, but to do it against your fiercest rivals when the game is really on the line is just magnificent. It's just a dream for a supporter of Newcastle to score like that and rescue a point is just fantastic."
"We had heard that some of their staff had visited the referees changing rooms at half time and of course we are not party to what was said but I think Lee's [Cattermole] circumstance is that he felt a lot of decisions had gone Newcastle's way in the second half."