By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the Stadium of Light
Demba Ba's late own goal rescued a point for Sunderland against 10-man Newcastle United in the North-East derby at the Stadium of Light.
Newcastle successfully protected Yohan Cabaye's third-minute goal until four minutes from time - despite having Cheick Tiote sent off midway through the first half for a high challenge on Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.
Alan Pardew 'proud' of Newcastle team in Tyne-Wear derby
Sunderland's response to their numerical advantage was desperately poor and lacked any semblance of real creation until Seb Larsson's free-kick was headed on to Ba by John O'Shea, a crucial deflection that wrong-footed Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The Black Cats then pressed forward for a late winner but a point was the least Newcastle deserved for the way they remained organised and kept Sunderland at arm's length despite losing the influential Tiote, with defender Fabricio Coloccini magnificent.
It was only when the Argentine succumbed to cramp late on that Sunderland applied any real pressure on Newcastle to force the equaliser.
Magpies manager Alan Pardew clenched his fist to their travelling fans at the final whistle but he may even be disappointed at not holding out for what would have been a memorable victory.
Sunderland have now won only one of their last 16 games against their local rivals and they rarely looked like improving that record until that late rally.
Guy MowbrayBBC Match of the Day commentator
"Newcastle went in front early on through Yohan Cabaye and were down to 10 men early on after Cheick Tiote saw red. Sunderland had to wait until the 86th minute to equalise but I should think neither camp will be particularly happy with just getting the one point in the overall context of the match. Far from a classic derby but generally quite a typical one."
In a predictably fevered atmosphere, the visitors' nerves were settled and Sunderland's anxiety increased as Pardew's side struck early.
Ba's shot was turned out by the feet of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet and Cabaye arrived in a crowded penalty area to drive home a low finish.
Sunderland struggled to find any composure, in sharp contrast to Newcastle's more measured approach, and Cabaye was a threat once more as his long-range shot was turned over by Mignolet.
The atmosphere inevitably placed this game permanently on the edge and it boiled over after 25 minutes when Tiote was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson. He had already won a free-kick after being pulled by Jack Colback but left his foot in high on Fletcher and Atkinson swiftly produced the red card.
Sunderland, whose attempts to bring Adam Johnson's talents to bear had been frustrated by close marking, were buoyed by Newcastle being reduced to 10 men, but the visitors were still the better side.
Johnson did escape the constant attention to send a curling shot wide and Craig Gardner was narrowly off target - but even with only 10 men Sunderland failed to seriously test keeper Tim Krul in the first half.
North-East derby roll call
Since joining Newcastle in 2010-11 no player has been awarded more cards than Cheick Tiote - 27 yellow and one red - in the Premier League. Second on the list is Lee Cattermole - 18 yellow and three red
Sunderland had just one shot on target in this match, the fourth time this season they have done this, managing a total of just 12 strikes on goal in total so far in the current league campaign
Demba Ba is Newcastle's leading scorer in the Premier League this season (six) and Sunderland's second-highest scorer (one - own goal)
Newcastle did make an adjustment after Tiote's sending off, introducing James Perch for Shola Ameobi, and they almost snatched a second as half-time approached but Ba sent a bicycle kick wide from eight yards.
The hosts made no further headway after the break and it was no surprise when O'Neill introduced Louis Saha for the ineffective Stephane Sessegnon just after the hour.
There was a rare moment of anxiety for Newcastle with 19 minutes left when Krul failed to cling on to James McClean's cross but Coloccini was once more perfectly positioned to rescue his keeper.
Newcastle had been content to play a game of containment, and did it quite successfully, but they almost snatched a second on the break when Ba raced on to Cabaye's pass but could not get proper contact on his finish.
As the game entered its last 10 minutes Sunderland finally fashioned a clear opportunity but Saha could only volley into the side-netting at the far post.
Newcastle's grip on the game had loosened after the departure of Coloccini through injury, the arrival of Steven Taylor producing a predictably hostile reaction after his public claim that no Sunderland player would get into the Magpies team.
And it was amid such confusion that Sunderland finally got the break with four minutes left. Larsson's free-kick headed on to Ba by O'Shea, leaving Krul wrong-footed and ensuring the points were shared.
Pressure got us a point - O'Neill
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill:
"We were knocked back by the early goal which gives them a massive lift. They were very strong in the initial part of the game and then they had the man sent off.
"Numerically, we should be able to use that better but I thought at that stage we became a bit anxious. In the second half it was just the sheer pressure that led to the equalising goal. Newcastle played excellently with the 10 men.
"I must admit, slog or not, the noise that erupted from the stadium when we equalised was something that I will not forget."
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Steven Fletcher. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Danny Rose, clearance by Danny Simpson.
Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Jonas Gutierrez gets a block in.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Jack Colback. Free kick crossed right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, clearance by Louis Saha.
James McClean has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by David Vaughan, Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Demba Ba.
Booking Yohan Cabaye is shown a yellow card.
Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick.
Assist on the goal came from John O'Shea.
85:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Demba Ba - Sunderland 1 - 1 Newcastle Own goal by Demba Ba. Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, John O'Shea takes a shot.
Booking Mike Williamson booked for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Williamson on Louis Saha.
Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.
Substitution Gabriel Obertan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hatem Ben Arfa.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Davide Santon.
Substitution David Vaughan replaces Adam Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, Louis Saha produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Substitution Steven Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Fabricio Coloccini.
Steven Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Mike Williamson.
Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, Carlos Cuellar takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McClean on Hatem Ben Arfa. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by John O'Shea.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Louis Saha has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. James Perch gets a block in.
James McClean produces a cross, save made by Tim Krul.
Demba Ba is penalised for a handball. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.
Shot comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick.
Booking Fabricio Coloccini receives a yellow card.
Danny Rose fouled by Hatem Ben Arfa, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is swung over by Danny Rose, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Danny Rose fouled by Hatem Ben Arfa, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Cuellar on Demba Ba. Free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson to the near post, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
Substitution Louis Saha replaces Stephane Sessegnon.
James McClean takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
James Perch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel.
James McClean concedes a free kick for a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball in from the free kick, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Fabricio Coloccini. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
James Perch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Stephane Sessegnon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Yohan Cabaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Cuellar by Demba Ba. Free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.
The referee blows for offside against Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The ball is crossed by James McClean.
The ball is sent over by Danny Rose, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Centre by Sebastian Larsson, Steven Fletcher has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Foul by Yohan Cabaye on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00 +3:08 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.
James McClean takes a shot. Jonas Gutierrez gets a block in.
Steven Fletcher is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Shot by Demba Ba from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Fabricio Coloccini takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
Yohan Cabaye decides to take a short corner.
A cross is delivered by Craig Gardner, comfortable save by Tim Krul.
A cross is delivered by Danny Rose, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
Substitution James Perch comes on in place of Shola Ameobi.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Tim Krul makes a save.
Craig Gardner takes a shot. Mike Williamson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yohan Cabaye on Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line played to the near post, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Craig Gardner, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Craig Gardner shoots direct from the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Adam Johnson misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on Davide Santon. Yohan Cabaye has an effort direct from the free kick.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Gardner.
Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Booking Shola Ameobi receives a caution.
Dismissal The referee sends off Cheick Tiote for serious foul play.
Cheick Tiote fouled by Jack Colback, the ref awards a free kick.
Steven Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Davide Santon. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Danny Simpson crosses the ball, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye played to the near post.
Sebastian Larsson challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yohan Cabaye produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Steven Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheick Tiote. Cheick Tiote restarts play with the free kick.
Davide Santon delivers the ball, Demba Ba takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.
Hatem Ben Arfa concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Tim Krul.
Hatem Ben Arfa concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.
Centre by Steven Fletcher, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
James McClean challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.
Assist by Demba Ba.
2:10 Goal scored
Goal! - Yohan Cabaye - Sunderland 0 - 1 Newcastle A goal is scored by Yohan Cabaye from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Steven Fletcher makes a clearance.
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