Match Report – Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Sunderland AFC: The Black Cats frustrated by 10-man Shrewsbury
Sunderland threw away a strong half time position at New Meadow to draw 1-1 with relegation threatened Shrewsbury.
The team from Wearside remain in the play-off places but will be kicking themselves after dropping two points in Shropshire on Tuesday Evening.
Many felt Sunderland may have turned a corner following their gritty and far from pretty 2-0 victory over Ipswich at the Stadium of Light which ended their three-match losing streak in the league.
The performance against the Tractor Boys yielded three points and came after two heavy defeats – the most important detail.
However, after the draw on Tuesday night, it’s clear that the corner is yet to be fully turned.
Shrewsbury have hindered Sunderland’s promotion hopes in the past and last night was no different. The home side tested the Black Cats’ metal and once again frustrated the team from Wearside.
The Lads took the lead inside 16 minutes when Alex Pritchard’s impressive curling effort nestled into the top right corner.
The 28-year-old was unchallenged on the edge of the opposition box and gave himself a yard of space before placing his shot perfectly away from Marko Marosi in the Salop net.
Sunderland searched for a second as Lynden Gooch went close when his left-footed effort was tipped around the post.
The game then changed dramatically just before the break as Steve Cotterill’s side were reduced to 10-men when midfielder David Davis went in late on Sunderland’s Nathan Broadhead.
Interestingly the red card gave the home side a lift going into the second half. The Black Cats were unable to make the extra man count as the home side grew into the game in a spirited fashion.
Sunderland were sloppy in possession but still created the best chances in the second half.
Pritchard threatened again as his low shot flew narrowly wide, while goalscorer from Saturday Luke O’Nien had a chance with a free header but his effort drifted wide of the left post.
The Shrews’ nearly found their equalised as Ryan Bowman was inches away from slotting home an equaliser after Nathaniel Obette’s inviting delivery just evaded the striker.
The goal came shortly after when Johnson’s side were unable to clear the ball following a threatening attack from the home side. The ball fell to Daniel Udoh in the Sunderland box, before the striker thumped his shpt home emphatically past Thorben Hoffmann.
After the equaliser, the away side lacked ideas.
Johnson introduced Aiden McGeady and Leon Dajaku in an attempt to add some attacking spark but the game petered out and ended in a frustrating draw for Sunderland who failed to cement their position in the play-off places.
Huge questions may be asked of the Sunderland’s management heading into the hectic Christmas period. The performance last night adds more pressure following another frustrating result.
The Black Cats are desperate to get some momentum behind them as they search for a sensational winning streak. A streak that gives them hope of promotion come the end of the season.
Sunderland face another huge League One clash on Saturday and cannot afford to lose if they want to push their promotion rivals. League leaders Rotherham seem to be opening up the gap at the top and currently sit 5 points ahead of the team from Wearside, who do have a game in hand.
Johnson’s side will be looking to add 3 points to their season tally when they visit the Abbey Stadium to play mid-table Cambridge United at the weekend – another crunch game.
The next few fixtures are set to be season defining in the hunt for promotion back to the Championship after 3 painful years. Strap yourselves in!
Post-match thoughts? Is Johnson the man to take Sunderland back to the Championship?
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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?
footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.
They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’
Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..
Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.
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Amazon filming Newcastle United for “All or Nothing” style documentary
Amazon Prime are currently filming behind-the-scenes footage at Newcastle United for a new documentary.
The docu-series will provide an insight into the club and its efforts to secure a top-four finish and a piece of silverware in the 2022-23 season.
Reports today revealed that camera crews have been filming a four-part documentary for their All or Nothing series. Sky Sports’ Keith Downie confirmed that the series will cover the club and the new owners as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League and win a trophy.
The All or Nothing series has previously documented other Premier League Clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spurs as well as the Brazilian national team, Juventus, and the All Blacks of rugby.
Something I mentioned last night on @tfNUFC: Camera crews have been filming behind-the-scenes at Newcastle United for a four-part documentary to be shown on Amazon.
The series will chart the club & its owners as they attempt to win a trophy & qualify for The Champ League #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 8, 2023
Newcastle face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup final on February 26 at Wembley.
🗓️ 26.02.23@ManUtd 🆚 @NUFC #EFL | #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/V23zWPDoxP
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) February 1, 2023
The Magpies have featured three times in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Most recently in the 2003-04 season as they reached the third qualifying round, eventually losing on penalties to Serbian side FK Partizan.
The season before the Toon finished third in the 2002-03 Champions League group stages, winning twice against Bayer Leverkusen and drawing with Inter Milan 2-2 at the San Siro. The lineup that night; Given, Solano, O’Brien, Dyer, Shearer (C), Bellamy, Speed, Griffin, Hughes, Dabizas and Viana.
The series is expected to air later this year and will be available on Amazon Prime.
Based on previous seasons, you can expect exclusive access to training sessions, team meetings and match days, giving fans an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis at Newcastle United.
It is set to be an incredible storyline and one that should provide fans with some real insight into what it takes to compete at the top level of professional football.
What do you think Newcastle fans?
Does this excite you or do you stand more with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who once said the cameras could be intrusive to the dressing room when he turned down the offer from Amazon In 2018?
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Newcastle target rejects Everton move following £45m bid.
Everton have made a £40million bid with £5m in add-ons to sign Connor Gallagher from Chelsea.
This comes after Newcastle completed the signing of Anthony Gordon, the club’s second most expensive transfer behind Alexander Isak.
Everton received an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could increase the deal to £45m.
EXCL: Everton have submitted a bid to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. It’s £40m proposal plus £5m add ons. 🚨🔵 #EFC
Chelsea will make a decision soon as there are also other clubs interested in Gallagher — and player has to decide his future too. pic.twitter.com/xZeuGqaR01
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
The Toffees currently sit 19th in the Premier League and are looking to reinvest the money from the Gordon deal to sign much-needed players under newly appointed manager Sean Dyche.
But, multiple sources have reported today that Gallagher is not actively pushing for a move and has no intention of going to Goodison Park. However, with Chelsea having met the record-breaking €120m release clause for World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, Gallagher may be forced to leave the club if the transfer is complete.
🚨| Conor Gallagher is not interested in a move to Everton 🔵 pic.twitter.com/0CYzXjBoBd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 30, 2023
This leaves Newcastle an option as the player would prefer a move to a top-six club.
This morning, Eddie Howe said, “We’ll see what we can do to try & bring a player in. There’s no guarantees. In terms of permanent signings, it will be very difficult. We’ll look at a potential loan. But it’s got to be the right player & not one for the sake of it”.
Due to financial fair play, the only way Newcastle could sign the player is through a loan, with an obligation to buy the player for at least £45m, the same price they paid for Anthony Gordon.
Gallagher has been playing regular Premier League football over the last two seasons. Since returning to his parent club Chelsea, the 22-year-old has been linked with a move away to numerous Premier League clubs.
Last season he was named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Season by their fans. He also won the Player of the Month award twice, Goal of the Month once, and was awarded the Young Player of Year at the 2022 London Football Awards.
In the same season, he made 36 appearances scoring eight goals and registering three assists that earned Palace a 12th-place finish, one point behind Newcastle.
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