Newcastle boss Alan Pardew likened Fabricio Coloccini to Bobby Moore after seeing his captain turn in a superb display for ten-man Toon in a hard-fought 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland.
“Maybe if Coloccini had stayed on, he would have seen that out. He was absolutely phenomenal today,” Pardew said. “If you want an example of a centre-half playing where you have got to head it, kick it, cover people, get in the right position and then have the calmness to play, that was your example.
“I come from a famous football club, West Ham, and that was like watching Bobby Moore today. He was terrific. You have also got to understand – and it sometimes goes a little bit under the radar – at the Premier League level, what is asked of you physically.
“If we had had 11, I think he could have made the game, but because we went down to 10, there was just too much work for him and both calves tightened up. But what a performance, seriously, one of the best he has given for me, for sure.”
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill was relieved to have come away with a point after Demba Ba’s 85th-minute own goal denied the Magpies a derby-day victory.
He said: “Do you know what? When we equalised, it was one of the best moments, it really was, and to be accompanied by that noise… There’s an element of relief, but every derby game I have ever been involved in either here or in Scotland, there has always been an element of relief.In the second half, sheer pressure alone probably yielded us the goal rather than anything flamboyantly brilliant.
QPR manager Mark Hughes admitted his frustration that his side remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League without a win this season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Everton.
“The emotion we are all feeling is frustration because I think we showed today that our football is good and we try and play in the right manner,” Hughes said. “We try and get the ball down, try and get width and get our technical players to take people on. We have been doing that since the start of the season and we have had good performances, but haven’t been able to take that final step. The guys are in the dressing room really disappointed because this was an opportunity.”
Everton manager David Moyes was unhappy with referee Jonathan Moss’ decision to send Steven Pienaar off in the second half after the midfielder received a second yellow card after appearing to make little contact with Jose Bosingwa.
“[It was] very, very harsh to give someone a red card for that, incredible. I don’t even know if he touched him, I think the boy [Bosingwa] lifted his leg and it hit Steven rather than Steven hitting him so I think it was the wrong decision.”