This was the worst possible result for Newcastle and the the 3-0 loss to Sunderland this afternoon does nothing for our relegation safety at all, and makes our goal difference a terrible -17.
Papiss Cisse in action this afternoon
And with 91% of readers in our poll expecting a win this afternoon – make no mistake about it – this was the worst loss in Alan Pardew’s tenure at Newcastle – and he should realize that.
This was the first Sunderland win against Newcastle since October 25th of 2008 – our relegation season – when we lost 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.
And this was a stunning win for Sunderland and a catastrophic loss for Newcastle – and makes a mockery of us talking about moving up the league and being a top six side next season.
Goals from Stephane Sessegnon (28), Andrew Johnson (74) and David Vaughan (82) gave Sunderland the win they needed so much – and I for one – didn’t see this coming at all – but our defense is again a big weakness and of course we’ve lost goalkeeper Tim Krul with injury.
And this is Sunderland’s first win in 10 games, after previously drawing only three of the previous nine and losing the rest – – and they scored only 7 goals in those previous 9 games, but got three against the Newcastle side this afternoon.
It’s also the second time in the last three league games that we have lost to a side below us in the league table.
This is a humbling and embarrassing loss for Newcastle United.
The game was fairly even in the first 20 minutes or so but then Sessegnon scored with a shot that crept in just inside Tim Krul’s right hand post – and then Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made two excellent saves from Cisse to keep the Black Cats on top.
But Sunderland should probably have doubled their lead just before half time when Krul did very well to somehow parry Cuellar’s header, and wondered where our defenders were – they were nowhere near the Sunderland center-back – that’s for sure.
It was 1-0 at the break – and Alan Pardew brough on Shola Ameobi at half time.
But then Tim Krul was injured 10 minutes into the second half, and he has an injured shoulder – and it doesn’t look very good.
Rob Elliot came on for Tim and Newcastle came at Sunderland but Mignolet was in top form to keep out a Cisse effort, and then Cisse had the ball in the back of the net – but the linesman flagged for offside.
And then Ben Arfa was brought on and he had a wonderful chance to equalize for Newcastle but the Frenchman headed over – when it was much easier to score.
Newcastle were pressing forward and looking for the equalizer, but then would you believe it – Sunderland scored again, when they caught Newcastle short at the back – and it was Sunderland-born Adam Johnson who took the ball down the wing, but then he cut inside and sent a tremendous strike past Elliot.
And then they even got a third goal when Sessegnon broke through and sent a pass to substitute Vaughan, and the former Blackpool player put the ball high into the back of net.
And the demolition of Newcastle was complete – and Newcastle had their chances in the game – and a combination of bad luck and poor finishing had Sunderland hold Newcastle scoreless – and this defeat is going to be very hard to take.
And we are not safe yet from relegation either, and we are away to West Brom on Saturday, and remember we’ve won only one game on the road all season in the league.
The lads let the supporters down big time this afternoon – the display wasn’t too bad – but the result is unbelievably bad – and it will be interesting to hear what Alan Pardew has to say about this shocking defeat.
And you can bet your life that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias will be far from happy with this result, as they know what this game means to both sets of supporters.
This is Sunderland’s biggest win against Newcastle since 1979 – when they beat us 4-1 at St. James’ Park on 24th February – it’s that bad.
I’m just completely stunned and will having humble pie and chips soon – maybe I’ll wash it down with a bottle of strong (very strong) wine.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 57); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Hatem Ben Arfa 63); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 46); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley (Jack Colback 54), Carlos Cuellar (Kader Mangane 71), John O’Shea (c), Danny Rose; Alfred N’Diaye, Sebastian Larsson; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, James McClean (David Vaughan 65); Danny Graham
Subs not used: Kieren Westwood, Matthew Kilgallon, Jordan Laidler, Mikael Mandron
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Bookings: Newcastle – Gouffran (24), Cisse (43), Taylor (45); Sunderland – Rose (37)