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A PENALTY from Shola Ameobi rescued a point for Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby, and Blog on the Tyne was at the game to bring you regular updates.

Both clubs have flirted with the relegation zone this season and both were desperate for three points to pull themselves away from the pack at the foot of the table.

Djibril Cisse was played in by Malbranque and he slotted home for 1-0 on 32 minutes to leave the Newcastle fans biting their nails.

But Newcastle won a penalty on 67 minutes when Malbranque tripped Taylor and Shola stepped up to smash it past Fulop and make it 1-1.

Just click below to see a replay of the live coverage from the match.


NEWCASTLE UNITED may well be in a complete mess at the moment on and off the field but if there was ever a time to turn the corner then it has to be against Sunderland at St James's Park on Sunday.

After a season you probably couldn't write a script for, Newcastle once again go into the game on the back of another incident that has got the rest of the country laughing at us again following Charles N'Zogbia's reaction to Joe Kinnear calling him Charles Insomnia.

But that, along with animosity towards the current club owner and his staff has to go on the backburner for 90 minutes.

A cure for insomnia

By Lee Ryder on Jan 30, 09 07:51 AM

They say in football that you should never keep hold of an unhappy player - and the fact that Charles N'Zogbia is one of the biggest miseries in the game means that Newcastle United should surely cash in on the new undisputed Incredible Sulk of St James's Park.

We've lost count of the amount of times he's cried to the French media about wanting to get away from Tyneside which is quite a turnaround after he told the Chronicle after the 3-0 win at Pompey in December how happy he was at the club!

And also quite amazing that the serial media interview dodger comes running to the Press when he wants something after countless snubs down during the "good old days" when he had a couple of good games.

Blog on the Tyne at the match

By Lee Ryder on Jan 28, 09 12:56 PM

Another defeat for Newcastle United, and Blog on the Tyne was at Eastlands to bring you regular updates from the game.

The Toon went down 2-1 after stikes from Wright-Phillips and old boy Bellamy, with a goal from young gun Andy Carroll only a consolation.

Click below to replay the match coverage.

Newcastle couldn't get Anneka Rice, The A-Team or David Blaine to sort out their much maligned defence so in the end they eventually persuaded Colin Calderwood to try to plug the gaps in the Toon back four.

In keeping with the appointment of former players who are more accustomed to boos and jeers rather than claps and cheers at St James's Park, United welcomed Calderwood soon after he'd been linked with the Faroe Isles!

It must have been a tough choice for the ex-Nottingham Forest gaffer but between now and the end of the season, the Geordie nation will sit back uncomfortably as Calderwood gets to work on Newcastle's leaky defence.

As the closure of the January transfer window ticks ever closer the feeling of being a scruffy kid looking through a sweet shop window must have swept over thousands of Newcastle United fans worldwide.

Toon boss Joe Kinnear claims that he has around £10million to spend but so far no cash signings have arrived at St James's Park even though there is plenty of proven talent kicking around.

And when Jimmy Bullard opts to switch to flipping Hull, you know that something is clearly wrong in the world of the black and whites.

Why are the Magpies chasing a Stephane Mbia for £10million when you can get Bullard for £5million?

Are we actively going for common sense signings or has it reached the stage where nobody wants to touch a Toon shirt with barge pole?

Fight Club

By Lee Ryder on Jan 21, 09 10:45 PM

Another quiet day in Toonland only resulted in a brawl on the training field between Charles N'Zogbia and Andy Carroll as the pair traded blows before reportedly going at it again in the dressing room and the car park.

The incident is being played down by Newcastle United and most people who have played football or any sport for that matter will understand that in the heat of the moment sparks do fly.

But if you did the same in your place of work, surely you wouldn't expect to get away with it or any fighting to be brushed under the carpet.

Same ****, different manager

By Lee Ryder on Jan 19, 09 06:16 PM

Joe Kinnear may have been wrong to have a go at the "failings" of Kevin Keegan and Sam Allardyce but the fact that the ex-Wimbledon boss is showing signs of losing patience with the current regime at Newcastle United has to be another worrying factor in a season in which most Toon fans are already climbing the walls with anxiety.

Kinnear - rightly or wrongly - has been the official spokesperson/manager of the club since being appointed back in September and to his credit has done his best to shed some light on the current situation at St James's Park.

Last season Chris Mort did the same job, and even the unpopular Freddy Shepherd before him, but Kinnear is also pulling off a balancing act and picking the team at the same time.

Blog on the Tyne at the match

By Lee Ryder on Jan 16, 09 03:24 PM

It was rain and a sending off as Blog on the Tyne went on the road to bring you regular updates from Newcastle United's defeat by Blackburn Rovers.

The Toon went down 3-0 at Ewood Park as former Magpies' manager Sam Allardyce put one over the club that sacked him a year ago.

I was at the ground alongside Journal sports writer Stuart Rayner, and you can see our live coverage here.

Gutted reaction

By Lee Ryder on Jan 16, 09 10:34 AM

WHETHER Newcastle United can stop the rot at Blackburn Rovers remains to be seen but in another difficult week for the Toon Army nobody on Tyneside can deny there is somewhat of a sinking feeling doing the rounds at the moment.

Going out the FA Cup was a sickener against Hull reserves and the next few games doesn't fill people with much confidence either.

The need for new signings has been made clear this week but Joe Kinnear and everybody knew well before Newcastle dropped points against West Ham that Dennis Wise was pulling the strings in the transfer hotseat.

Everybody was also well aware of what the upcoming fixture list had in store and just how difficult the next few games would be, being a native in the heart of working class Tyneside you don't need to walk more than a couple of metres to be reminded of that.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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