A Newcastle team once again let their fans down as they slid to a 3-0 defeat at Sunderland today, to hand Sunderland their first win of the season and their sixth successive win against Newcastle – the first time this has happened in the history of the derby game which stretches back 120 years.
And it’s ironic that during this time Sunderland have been fighting against relegation and started this game bottom of the league but move above Newcastle on goal difference.
And this is the fourth time in a row that a new Sunderland manager has beaten Newcastle in their second game in charge.
And after the first half before three minutes if added time Newcastle had been dominant and Sunderland looked absolutely hopeless.
But we were 1-0 down at the break with 10 men.
Steven Fletcher scores 3rd goal
That’s 22 goals conceded in 10 games
It looked only a matter of time before Newcastle scored, but then Coloccini was sent off for what looked like an innocuous push on Steven Fletcher – but the Sunderland striker went flying as if he had been hit by a freight train -and the referee gave a penalty.
But it was not a clear goal scoring opportunity because it always looked like goalkeeper Rob Elliot would get to the ball first – but the referee thought it was – and off went Coloccini.
We should have a good chance of getting that overturned on appeal – otherwise it’s three games out for the Newcastle captain.
Johnson scored from the spot and after having dominated the game up to that point, Newcastle went in at 1-0 down with 10 men – well that’s a good way to allows Sunderland their first win.
The penalty was Sunderland’s only shot on target in that first half.
The truth is that even in the second half Newcastle looked the better side with ten men – but that means nothing when you lose 3-0 to the bottom side and that’s their first win and they scored three goals in the process.
The only thing that ever matters in a derby game is the result in any case – not how each team played.
This is the third time this season that a Newcastle player has been sent off in the first half and in those three games we have lost every one of them and failed to score.
That’s a lack of discipline which is what we suffered from under John Carver.
But this Newcastle team find too many ways to lose games – even when we play well like today – and that’s what is so worrying because after last week’s two steps forward this was at least two steps back.
It’s certainly the worst possible result and the score in now way reflects on the game – but the truth is we lost again for the sixth time running.
Before this game Sunderland had only scored 8 goals in 9 games and as we said in our preview – they don’t seem to have trouble scoring against Newcastle.
Mitrovic had a great chance in the second half with the score at 1-0 to draw level but his shot was saved – but it was a great chance – that could have changed the game around.
But then after 65 minutes Sunderland went 2-0 when Billy Jones scored rather easily and then after 86 minutes Steve Fletcher scored to make it 3-0.
Who would have predicted a 3-0 Sunderland win in this game?
The Newcastle team have badly let down their supporters in terms of the result – and we suppose we were unlucky – but you make your own luck in this game – and if you are as fragile as this Newcastle team – and get some bad luck in a game – that’s usually curtains.
That comment by Mike Ashley about making our own luck from now on – we had assumed that meant good luck not bad luck.
This is the worst possible result for Newcastle United and Sunderland move above us in the league on goals difference and we have now conceded 22 goals in the first 10 games of the season.
That’s the worst defensive record in the Premier League.
Didn’t we know we have had a weak defense in the summer and have had a poor defense for three years.
This is a terrible result for Steve McClaren and he’ll soon be running out of excuses as to why we keep losing games – even when we play well.
We have lost six of the first 10 games of the season and have 6 points and are in 19th place, above only Aston Villa who sacked their manager Tim Sherwood today.
This year in 29 league games we have lost 18.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, O’Shea (Coates, 37), Kaboul, Jones, Cattermole, M’Vila, Toivonen (Defoe, 36), Johnson, Lens (Larsson, 82), Fletcher. Subs not used: Mannone, van Aanholt, Gomez, Watmore.
Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett (Thauvin, 78); Sissoko, Colback (Anita, 49), Tiote (Lascelles, 46), Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic. Subs not used: Woodman, Haidara, de Jong, Cisse.
Goals: Johnson 45 (pen), Jones 65, Fletcher 86
Bookings: Tiote 14, Colback 45
Sent off: Coloccini 45
Referee: Robert Madley (Wakefield)