Titus has Toon fans at breaking point
It might not have cost Newcastle United all three points against Everton but the red card for Titus Bramble against the Toffees has certainly left the Toon defender in a sticky position.
The reaction of Glenn Roeder after his second yellow then red said it all as the United manager simply blanked Bramble as he trotted down the tunnel.
It has to be said, Bramble has shown in the past what a strong tackler and imposing defensive figure he can be on his day, so why does he keep doing what can only be described as footballing suicide in Toon colours?
His days at Newcastle have been chequered to say the least and there are times when he must feel hard done by.
The lad has certainly got broad shoulders.
For example last season at Anfield he came on as sub to the biggest sarcastic round of applause that has probably ever been heard in football in response to his nightmare performance in his final game for Ipswich when relegated Town were hammered 5-0.
He was under the cosh again this season when many pointed the finger at his defending against Fulham to allow the Cottagers to perform and smash and grab win at SJP.
Many have questioned his concentration, bad timing and general lazy body language but yesterday his ridiculous lunge on Leon Osman took the biscuit.
Had Everton scored from the resultant free-kick it would have rubbed salt into an open wound, but when is Bramble going to learn?
It is true that when Bramble makes mistakes they seem to magnified more than anybody else but that is the price on the ticket as one former Toon manager once said.
It's also true that nobody was complaining too much when he smashed home the winner against Chelsea to get United back into Europe last term.
But his latest slip-up has tested some fans patience to the limit.
The question is can Bramble somehow bounce back from the latest on a long list of Toon misdemeanours?