Alan Pardew left the Stadium of Light disappointed after Newcastle came within seconds of completing a derby double over Sunderland.
The Magpies looked to be heading for a victory courtesy of skipper Kevin Nolan's 52nd-minute strike when the Asamoah Gyan bundled home an injury-time equaliser. Pardew was delighted with the way a side deprived of key men Andy Carroll, Cheik Tiote and Steven Taylor took the game to their hosts and came close to a third successive Barclays Premier League win.
He said: "Sunderland are having a great season and you have got to remember that. We are really disappointed because we know our performance and some of our play deserved to win. We will take that and it will arm us for next week when we have got a tough game [against Tottenham]."
Gyan's equaliser could hardly have been better timed with the game having reached the fourth of five minutes of stoppage time. The Ghana international was in the right place at the right time when keeper Steve Harper parried Phil Bardsley's shot against him and the ball looped into the empty net.
It may have been harsh on the Magpies, who had dominated the game from the minute Nolan cleverly backed-heeled his 10th goal of the season and his fourth against the Black Cats seven minutes after the restart.
There were ugly scenes after the equaliser when a fan confronted Harper on the pitch, and after the final whistle with rivals supporters hurling seats at each other as things momentarily got out of hand.
Pardew was left to bemoan the five minutes of injury time signalled by referee Howard Webb, and he added: "The fourth official came up to me earlier and said, 'We have had a lot of injuries, a lot of waiting time, there is going to be time', so his information was good.
"But I still felt that five minutes - you don't see many games where you get five minutes at the end, and I felt it was a bit harsh, if I am honest. I thought there would be three or four minutes.
"It boosted the crowd. When you get a figure like five or six, the stadium came alive again.
"We had killed the stadium and the ref almost said, 'Here you are, there's a little bit of time towards the end for you', as it proved to be, unfortunately."
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