For the second game running Sunderland got the better of Newcastle United, this time at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, and for the second derby game running a new Sunderland manager propelled their season forward with a win against the Magpies, and amazingly this afternoon the Black Cats quadrupled the number of points they had in the league before the game – and once again this Newcastle side let their fans down for the second derby running.
Where’s all the Geordie pride gone?
Steven Fletcher heads home Sunderland’s early goal after 5 minutes
It was also the third time in a row that a Gus Poyet side has beaten an Alan Pardew coached Newcastle side.
Steven Fletcher got an early goal for Sunderland after just 5 minutes as Sunderland out fought Newcastle for the first 25 minutes of the game, bu then Mathieu Debuchy equalized for Newcastle after 58 minutes before substitute Fabio Borini got the late winner with five minutes to play with a terrific goal.
After five minutes Adam Johnson took a corner and was given the ball back and he flighted a nice cross into the penalty area and Steven Fletcher out-jumped Paul Dummett and headed the ball into the net.
And then a good shot was only parried by Tim Krul, and Dummett hesitated rather than just kick the ball away and Jozy Altidore was first to the ball but he didn’t take what was a decent chance for the American.
At half time Sunderland were ahead 1-0 and it was the first time in five years that Sunderland had been ahead at the Stadium of Light.
Papiss Cisse was introduced at the start of the second half in place of Moussa Sissoko, and Newcastle managed to get the equalizer after 58 minutes, as Ben Arfa hit the ball right across the goal and Mathieu Debuchy was there to hit the ball home.
It looked like the game was heading for a draw, but then Borini got the ball from Jozy Altidore 25 yards out from goal, and he hit a tremendous shot into the goal to give Sunderland the win – their second win in succession over Newcastle – when was the last time that happened?
And Newcastle fans now have to endure yet another defeat from Sunderland – who started this game with just one point from eight games and only five goals scored, but they put two past Newcastle this afternoon to get all 3 points.
In reality, after about the first 30 minutes Newcastle were the better side, although we were run ragged in that first 15 minutes or so, and when we equalized it looked like we could win the game, but again we didn’t get the result – and it’s not good.
Again we think the defense is Newcastle’s weakness this season, and we have now conceded 16 goals in just 9 Premier League games, which is on track to be 68 goals conceded after the full 38 games – which is exactly what we conceded last season – the most goals we have ever conceded in the Premier League.
So surely this points to the defense again being our weakness, and shouldn’t we think about bringing in one or two top defenders in January?
Newcastle played quite well in the second half, but this is another terrible result to endure for Newcastle fans.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood; Phil Bardsley (Ondrej Celustka 77), John O’Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena; Sebastian Larsson, Lee Cattermole (Ki Sung-Yueng 70) , Jack Colback, Adam Johnson (Fabio Borini 69); Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher
Subs not used: Vito Mannone, Valentin Roberge, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 46), Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 87), Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy (Shola Ameobi 70)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Bookings: Sunderland – Fletcher (6); Newcastle – Cabaye (28)
Attendance: 46,313 (2,800 Newcastle)