Sunderland had only scored one goal in their last six games and hadn’t won in the last seven league games, and they had only won four league games this season (one at Newcastle) but they again were too good for a patched-up Newcastle at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, and they registered their first win in eight games when they beat Newcastle 1-0 this afternoon.
Jermain Defoe after scoring fantastic goal
Here’s how we saw the game – another painful one to watch for Newcastle fans – and we have been simply hopeless this year under John Carver.
Sunderland were easily the better side in the first half, and came out of the gates fast and were in Newcastle’s half most of the half and won a lot of corner, and Connor Wickham had a decent chance from a Seb Larsson corner but headed the ball just wide of the post
Sunderland were getting a lot of corners as Newcastle were handing on, and it was the 4th bottom side that were asking all the questions of the Newcastle defense.
And once again it looked like the Sunderland players were much more motivated than those in the black and white shirts.
But just when it looked like Newcastle would be able to go into the break still all square at 0-0, Jermaine Defoe scored a spectacular goal in the one minute of stoppage time.
Defoe hit the ball out side the penalty area on the volley and the ball flew into the back of the net past Tim Krul – and the goal came at good time for Sunderland.
Newcastle didn’t get a shot on target in the first half and in one we were “awful”.
There were no changes at the half by either side, and Newcastle started the half with more purpose – and it looked like they had woken up at half time.
After 48 minutes Sunderland had a quick breakaway but Fletcher mis-hit the ball and should have done better.
In the second half Newcastle finally got their first corner of the game and after 58 minutes on came Manu Riviere for Gouffran – and we wonder why Yoan always starts for John Carver?
After 68 minutes Patrick van Aanholt was through one the left but his shot was high and wide and he should have done a lot better but then a minute later Steven Fletcher had a great chance to put the home side two up, but his shot was way over the bar – a glorious chance missed by Sunderland..
Newcastle were trying to come back in this game but Sunderland we still the better side and created the better chances.
On 75 minutes Seb Larsson went close with a free kick from outside the penalty are but the ball curled just wide of Tim Krul’s right hand post.
Newcastle did come to life in the last 10 minutes as they went for the equalizer – but make no mistake about it this was a very poor and gutless performance (what – again?) from this Newcastle side and it shows once again that John Carver is completely out of his depth.
But we don’t blame John – he’s doing the best he can and he’s simply not good enough.
It’s those at the top – Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – who have a lot to answer for – because they refused to strengthen the squad and ended up making it weaker and all for the sake of money.
John Carver talks a good game but he now has just two wins in 13 games and only 9 points from 12 games played this year.
But it looks like Newcastle are still in the Sunderland charity business and for the second season running they have taken 6 points from Newcastle – one of the few sides they seem to be able to beat in the Premier League.
That’s five wins in a row for Sunderland against Newcastle, and that’s our fourth defeat in a row in the league.
We hope 35 points will be enough this season but notice that Sunderland are now only 6 points behind us in the league.
It doesn’t get any worse than this if you are a Newcastle fan.
Sunderland: Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, John O’Shea (c), Santiago Vergini, Patrick van Aanholt, Lee Cattermole, Jordi Gomez, Seb Larsson, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham, Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Anthony Reveillere, Sebastian Coates, Liam Bridcutt, Adam Johnson, Will Buckley, Danny Graham
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Jonas Gutierrez; Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (c), Yoan Gouffran (Emmanuel Riviere 58), Sammy Ameobi; Ayoze Perez
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Vurnon Anita, Olivier Kemen, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)