Sunderland AFC (3) – (0) Newcastle United
Sunderland win their first game of the season as Newcastle suffer sixth derby defeat in a row after Red card controversy.
Adam Johnson converted a penalty just before half time after a challenge from Fabricio Coloccini led to him being sent off.
Newcastle’s Alexander Mitrovic should have scored but was denied by Costel Pantilimon.
Billy Jones scored the Black Cats second with Fletcher sealing the 3-0 win.
Sunderland Gaffer Sam Allardyce highlighted the importance of making the consecutive run of derby wins amount to 6 prior to the 12pm kick off on Sunday.
The game started with a tense atmosphere circling the stadium of light, with both sides knowing this derby meant more than just bragging rights, and effected their position in the premier league table.
Newcastle had plenty of possession as well as three or four clear cut chances which could have easily ended up in the back of the Sunderland net.
As always, derby’s can be turned upside down with just one decision. Steven Fletcher ran through on goal after a good ball from Jermain Defoe and was barged down by Fabricio Coloccini. A clear penalty which was rewarded by referee Robert Madley and a highly controversial red card.
Adam Johnson converted the penalty, putting the ball out of Rob Elliot’s reach. Johnson ran down the other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of the furious travelling Newcastle fans.
Half time had passed with Newcastle down to 10 men, but still looking most likely to score.
Alexander Mitrovic showed good footwork to take the ball past young full back Deandre Yedlin, but was denied by an outstretched Pantilimon.
Sunderland scored their second of the game when Yann M’vila’ volley was tapped home by Billy Jones, who scored his first goal for Sunderland and his second in the premier league, with his only other strike also coming against Newcastle for West Brom.
Although Newcastle were behind and 10 men down, they still continued to have possession, but the game was out of reach when Sunderland centre back Younes Kaboul’s cultured cross arrived in the path of Fletcher, who buried his chance and won the game for the black cats.
An excellent result for Sunderland, extending their run of derby wins to six.
My MOTM: Yann M’vila: Breaking up the play well throughout and was calm on the ball, putting in several good tackles throughout the 90 mins.