WATCH: Sunderland fans in dreamland after sixth derby win in a row

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Sunderland fans were in dreamland after a record-breaking sixth win in a row over rivals Newcastle United.

Sunderland fans were in dreamland after a record-breaking sixth win in a row over rivals Newcastle United.

Bill Ramage celebrates Sunderland#s sixth derby win in a row with his grandsons Archie and Wilson Napier.

Bill Ramage celebrates Sunderland#s sixth derby win in a row with his grandsons Archie and Wilson Napier.

Goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher earned the Black Cats a 3-0 victory at the Stadium of Light to send their supporters home delirious.

Some of them had longer to travel than others though, including one German fan who has been following the club for almost 15 years.

Hendrik Weidauer, from Stolberg, Germany, started supporting Sunderland after visiting his brother Bert, who was studying in Newcastle, in 2000.

He was at Sunderland’s 4-1 victory over Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light on New Year’s Day 2001, and has been hooked on the Black Cats ever since.

Hendrik said: “I’ve been coming to about four or five games a season since then, and this was a fantastic one to be at.

“Once we got the second goal, it was a party in the stadium. That goal killed Newcastle.

“If they had scored when they were on top in the first half, I think they would have won.”

Another fan with a happy journey home was Carl Gowatt, from Manchester.

He said: “When I saw that Fabio Borini wasn’t playing, I thought we’d had it.

“In the first half, everybody around me said we weren’t going to win.

“It just goes to show what they can do when they really want to. I’m chuffed to bits. I had 139 miles to travel back home after the game, and I was absolutely ecstatic.”

The sending off of Newcastle captain Coloccini was seen as the turning point of the game for many.

Ronnie Pluck, 72, a Sunderland season ticket holder from Newton Aycliffe, said: “To have the record of six wins in a row over Newcastle now is tremendous. It was a brilliant game.

“I thought Newcastle were the better team in the first half, and it wasn’t looking good. The red card changed the game, though, and the atmosphere was brilliant.”

Dale Searle, who was there with granddaughter Ella, said: “In the first half, Newcastle were the better team, but in the end we were worthy winners.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to have seen us win the derby for the sixth time in a row - they’re record-breakers.

“If we could play the way we do against Newcastle in all the other games, we’d be in a much better position.”

Black Cats supporter Rob Law added: “We were dreadful in the first half, and Newcastle played the ball about very well, but the penalty and red card was a game changer.

“In the second half, we were much more settled against the 10 men and could have had four or five in the end.”

Peter Richardson, from Thorney Close, said: “It was a tremendous day.

“In the first 40 minutes, we were poor, but once they had the man sent off and we scored the penalty, it was a different game. It’s a great feeling.”

Chris Godfrey, from Ryhope, was at the game with son Luke and friend Andrew Quayle, and said: “We didn’t play too well, but we still won 3-0 so it was a fantastic day and everyone went home happy.

“In all my time as a Sunderland supporter, I’ve never known a better derby record against Newcastle. It’s brilliant.”

Stuart Dugdale said: “I can’t believe we’ve beaten them again. It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“I thought we were going to be beaten after the start we had, but once Colback went off it was a different game.

“I thought he was Newcastle’s best player in midfield, and they weren’t the same when he was substituted.

“The red card obviously made a huge difference as well.

“I don’t feel any sympathy for Newcastle - I hope we get another six in a row against them now!”

Bill Ramage, from Murton, who was with grandsons Archie Napier, 12, and Wilson Napier, 13, said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We all had a brilliant day.

“I would say that I feel sorry for Newcastle fans, but I don’t!”

Rosa Todd, who attended with grandson Jack Todd, 9, from Ryhope, added: “It was fabulous.

“Jack said we were going to win before the game, and I’m delighted he was right!”

”Joseph Sheldon, 10, from Spennymoor, praised the efforts of Sam Allardyce’s team.

He said: “I thought they were fantastic. They were class.”

Another supporter who made a long journey to the game was David Wilson, from Fulham, London.

He said: “In the first half, I thought both sets of supporters were very flat, but in the second half the atmosphere was electric.”

Sunderland fan Dale High said: “I thought we were terrible in the first half. The penalty incident was the turning point, and in the second half it was all us.

“It’s a decent start for Sam Allardyce, but his brand of football is rubbish. Even if we keep winning games, that’s not going to change.

“I’m sure he’ll keep us up, though, because he has done that wherever he has been.”