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REPORT – Ipswich Town 1-1 Sunderland AFC: Broadhead nets fifth of season as Black Cats drop points in promotion race



Credit: Sunderland AFC via Getty Images - Broadhead gets his fifth of the season to held Sunderland rescue point...

Sunderland came from behind to earn 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon as striker Nathan Broadhead netted his fifth of the season. 

Ipswich took the lead in first-half stoppage time through James Norwood but the visitors equalised just five minutes into the second period.

James Norwood gave the hosts a well-deserved lead after Macauley Bonne’s attempted cross ballooned up off a Sunderland defender before Norwood nodded home off the underside of the bar from short range.

Broadhead equalised for the Black Cats as he latched onto a pinpoint through ball from Dan Neil, who added to his tally of most assists in League One this season. The on-loan Everton striker finished smartly to the keepers right to put his side back on level terms.

Sunderland lost ground on their promotion rivals following the draw away to the Tractor Boys as both second placed Wigan and league leaders Rotherham managed wins on Saturday afternoon.

Johnson’s side remain third but are now four points from the top of League One and two from The Latics in the automatic promotion places, who have a game in hand.


It was the home side who came out of the blocks quickly at Portman Road and could have been two up inside the opening ten minutes. Burns and Norwood combined with a well-worked one-two inside the area on the Ipswich right, but Burns’ effort went wide.

Burns was involved again moments later as he dribbled into the box and delivered an inviting cross which found the unmarked Matt Penney at the far post. His first-time shot bounced up and over the bar – he really should have scored.

The breakthrough came in first-half injury time.

Macauley Bonne was a threat all half and got behind the Sunderland defence on the right as his cross deflected into the path of the onrushing Norwood who managed to head the ball into the net via the bottom of the crossbar.

The Black Cats came out in the second half full of energy and carried a far greater threat. They got their just deserts as Dan Neil split the Ipswich defence open courtesy of a perfect ball into the path of Nathan Broadhead. His first time shot into the bottom right corner was a really calm finish.

Five minutes later, Sunderland had a chance to go in front after a mistake from Walton in the home side’s net. Gooch’s well-timed throughball set top-scorer Ross Stewart away before Walton rushed off his line only to realise he wouldn’t reach the ball before the onrushing striker.

However the on-loan Brighton man stood up to block Stewart’s shot – a guilt-edged opportunity.

The next close opportunity went to the home side as midfielder Evans’ free-kick on the left-hand touchline forced Hoffmann to tip the ball over the bar.

Substitute Vincent-Young came close moments later for the hosts but his curled shot went just wide of the post.

For all their efforts in the second 45, neither side could force a winning goal. The visitors will certainly be disappointed to lose ground on their promotion rivals.

The draw was the fair result in this one as Ipswich gained a much-needed point to spark their season into life. New boss McKenna starts his role on Monday morning and will be looking to build on the momentum gained from the draw with a decent Sunderland side.

For Johnson, there were still some positives to take and his side worked hard to earn the point on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland failed to make it three consecutive wins as fans will be somewhat frustrated by the draw, however their side still sit in an extremely strong position near the top and are on an impressive seven game unbeaten run in League One.

Considering the injuries faced by the Black Cats and the strong performance from the hosts, this point may be hugely important come the end of the campaign.

Sunderland face an exciting trip to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday evening for their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Arsenal who are in fine form following a dominant display at Elland Road, winning 4-1.


Hoffmann (7), Wright (8), Flanagan (7), Doyle (6), Gooch (6), Winchester (7), Neil (8), Dajaku (6), Pritchard (5), Broadhead (8), Stewart (6)

Subs: Hume (6), Embleton (6), O’Brien (6)


Sunderland Manager Lee Johnson:

“ I thought they had the better of the first half, we had the better of the second half.

“I thought it was a good game in terms of that competitiveness and the aggression on show. We upped our aggression in the second half, we had to. There was too many individual duals lost in the first half that just gave them momentum.

“Those breaks in the game just fell to them. We tried to stem the flow. They didn’t have loads of chances but we didn’t have anywhere near enough quality switches of the paly, quality balls into our forwards.”

He added:

“We had to change the shape to match them up and I thought the second half we really did go toe-to-toe. In the lead up to the goal, there was four or five big tackles that led to us getting the ricochet and switching play to then allow Dan Neil to show his great feet. A great through ball to a really god receiving presentation from (Nathan) Broadhead and then a really good finish.

“I’m alright with a point. I want to win football matches but this was a really difficult game for us in terms of the occasion they put on. We didn’t quite stand up to it enough in the opening exchanges but second half we came through well and I think our travelling fans will see we have got spirit to come back from a game like that.

A draw is okay if you go and finish it off in the next game with a win.”

Ipswich Manager John McGreal:

“I look back on it and it’s an add-on from Wigan last week. We felt we could have nicked it last week at Wigan with the performance and there was more than enough today to win a game of football. It’s just ironing out those little things.

“Ten minutes, 15 minutes into the second half they’ve equalised but again I thought our boys got back on the front foot. There was a plan throughout the week. We knew 30,000 fans were going to come, we know how well they’re performing and everyone was on the front foot.”

He added:

“We went a little bit man for man. We’ve got to stand up and every player, even the subs coming on, put in an unbelievable performance today. I thought that there was some quality throughout, we looked dangerous and looked a real potent, fit team.”

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Newcastle United Fans Attacked in Paris by PSG fans – Trapped in pub!



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Footage tonight has emerged of PSG fans corning Newcastle United fans in a pub and attacking them in a scary video. This follows news that police had informed Newcastle fans that attacks were possible which lead to at least one pub having to close at 10pm due to this.

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PSG Fans arrive at Newcastle Upon Tyne and are met by Newcastle United fans ahead of their Champions League tie (which ended in a 4-1 Newcastle United win). Newcastle Centre was on shut down with streets closed and everyone watching.

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The Players Newcastle United could/should sign from Saudi



Newcastle United Saudi Arabia transfer ban

Newcastle United has received a green light to pursue players from the Saudi Pro League after a proposed Premier League vote to restrict loan moves between clubs with shared owners fell short of the required support. This decision opens up possibilities for Newcastle to strengthen their squad in January, targeting talents from clubs linked with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Despite initial discussions to potentially bar such transfers, the recent vote outcome has cleared the way for Newcastle to explore signings.


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A recent meeting among the Premier League’s 20 clubs concluded without the necessary majority support to impose a ban on loan transfers between co-owned clubs. While 13 teams voted in favor of the prohibition, the requirement of 14 votes for approval was not met, granting Newcastle the liberty to pursue players from the Saudi Pro League.

This development particularly benefits Newcastle’s pursuit of Al Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves, whom they’ve eyed as a potential replacement for Sandro Tonali. Neves, despite significant interest from the Premier League, is expected to remain with Al Hilal during the upcoming January transfer window. The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that despite ongoing speculation, Neves is content and settled at Al Hilal, playing a pivotal role within the team. His projected stay until the season’s end indicates his commitment to Al Hilal’s cause, especially crucial following Neymar’s injury.

Although ties between Newcastle and Al Hilal, sharing the same majority shareholder in Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), sparked concerns about potential rule changes, as of now, no alterations have been enforced. Speculation regarding a Premier League vote to block such moves in the winter market hasn’t materialized into action. Consequently, Neves looks set to continue his journey with Al Hilal, with no reported negotiations or approaches from interested parties.

Al Hilal’s impressive position atop the Saudi Pro League standings, coupled with their progress in tournaments like the AFC Champions League and the King’s Cup, further solidifies Neves’ integral role within the team. Their dominance, evident in their substantial lead over second-place Al Nassr, underscores their strength even with the latter boasting talents like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ultimately, Newcastle’s access to the Saudi Pro League remains unimpeded, potentially paving the way for significant acquisitions in the upcoming transfer window.



  • Ruben Neves
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
  • Aleksandr Mitrovic


  • Seko Fofana
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Aymeric Laporte


  • N’Golo Kante
  • Fabinho
  • Jota


  • Franck Kessie
  • Gabri Veiga
  • Riyad Mahrez

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Everton Get Record 10 Point Deduction!



Everton faced a significant setback as they incurred a 10-point deduction due to a breach of profit and sustainability regulations, marking the most substantial penalty in Premier League history. This plunge pushed Sean Dyche’s squad into the relegation zone, casting a shadow over their prior 14th position in the league, where they were holding an eight-point buffer from the bottom three.

This unprecedented deduction echoes only two prior instances in Premier League history. Middlesbrough faced a three-point penalty for failing to fulfill a fixture against Blackburn in 1996/97, while Portsmouth was stripped of nine points after entering administration in March 2010. Everton’s situation was referred to an Independent Commission by the Premier League in March over potential violations of profit and sustainability rules.

Amidst this, Everton voiced their intention to vigorously defend and strongly contest the charges before a hearing held last month. The specifics of the alleged breach have not been officially disclosed. However, insights from Sky Sports News suggest that the charges are linked to interest payments concerning the construction expenses for the club’s new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.

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