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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.”

Post-match thoughts? Who was your MOTM? Are you happy with the point? Will Johnson guide Sunderland to promotion?

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?




The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)



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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.


Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.


With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?


Toon are charging for Europe


If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.


Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 


In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.


Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed


Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 


Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.


Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.


Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 


On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.


Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.


Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 


With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?


So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?


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