It was billed as one of the most important derby games in history with both sides desperate for three points, and in the end the points were shared, helping neither side. But due to the nature of the result it felt like a win for Newcastle as Sunderland were left dejected after a late goal cost them the win.
Missed chances prove costly
Sam Allardyce was particularly annoyed at the fact he stood and watched his side miss countless chances to bury the game before Newcastle's late equalizer, which is becoming a trend for the Black Cats as of late.
He believes that Sunderland created, "Chance after chance" which made it even more disappointing when Aleksandar Mitrovic's late goal canceled out Jermain Defoe's earlier strike.
The one chance that they did create fell kindly to Patrick Van Aanholt whose strike was denied by a fantastic save from Rob Elliot, which Allardyce feels was the, "Turning point" in the game as it would have been the perfect time to, "Kill off Newcastle."
Unbeaten run continues
The draw extends Sunderland's unbeaten run to four games which is an encouraging sign at such an important time in the season, however Big Sam is adamant that they must start turning those into, "Three points" if they are to avoid relegation.
This latest draw felt like a "Loss" to the club and Allardyce revealed that the mood was full of disappointment in the dressing room. For Newcastle the point provided a boost as the game seemed all but lost until that stage, with Sunderland comfortably in control and Allardyce thinks they were "Fortunate" to take anything from the game as his side didn't look like a team that "Were going to get beat."
Despite the positive performance and continued run of unbeaten games, Allardyce is fully aware that there is lots of work to be done, and soon should they want to survive.