DEMOLITION derby specialists Sunderland secured a third successive victory over Newcastle United for the first time in 91 years after emerging 3-0 winners at St James’s Park for the second year in a row.
Gus Poyet’s side picked the perfect moment to register back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season after thoroughly dominating the lacklustre Magpies.
Fabio Borini, the hero in October’s derby triumph at the Stadium of Light, gave Sunderland the advantage when he slotted home from the penalty spot after Phil Bardsley had been brought down.
Four minutes later, Adam Johnson doubled the advantage when he tapped home the rebound after Jack Colback’s deflected shot was only parried by Tim Krul.
Johnson hit the post in the second half before Sunderland wrapped up the victory with 10 minutes to go when Tyneside-born Colback started and finished the move which ended any hopes of a comeback from a desperately poor Newcastle side.
Deadline day signing Liam Bridcutt was handed a baptism of fire after being thrown straight into the starting XI.
Bridcutt replaced Seb Larsson in the only change from the side which beat Stoke City in midweek.
But there was a place on the bench for Bridcutt’s fellow new boy Nacho Scocco, who replaced the injured Steven Fletcher.
Newcastle also made just one change with Shola Ameobi replacing the suspended Loic Remy. New signing Luuk de Jong was among the substitutes.
The Magpies started brightly and went close in the second minute when Mathieu Debuchy collected Moussa Sissoko’s square ball just inside the area and hit a right-footed shot across goal that went a yard wide of the far post.
Marcos Alonso should have handed Sunderland the lead three minutes later when he met Adam Johnson’s free-kick from the right six yards out.
But Alonso couldn’t get over the ball with his free header and sent it a couple of feet over the bar.
Sunderland did break the deadlock in the 19th minute after being handed the chance from the penalty spot.
Adam Johnson dinked a lovely chip into the path of the onrushing Phil Bardsley, who was clumsily brought down by Vurnon Anita.
Fabio Borini stepped up and kept his cool to place the ball perfectly into the top left-hand corner for his fifth of the season.
Four minutes later, Sunderland doubled their advantage as the Black Cats’ top scorer took his tally to nine for the campaign.
The move all stemmed from a slick back-heel from Jozy Altidore into the path of Jack Colback down the left flank.
Colback drove towards the Newcastle penalty area and struck a left-footed shot towards the far corner which deflected off the backtracking Steven Taylor.
Tim Krul could only parry the ball into the path of Adam Johnson who tapped it into the empty net.
The impressive Altidore was slightly unfortunate in the 38th minute after Borini had out-fought Debuchy on the left-hand touchline.
Borini pulled it back to Altidore, 12 yards out and surrounded by black and white shirts, but the American managed to dig out a shot which was straight at Krul.
HALF-TIME Newcastle 0 Sunderland 2
Alan Pardew introduced Luuk de Jong shot at the interval and the new signing had a shot from 20 yards in the 51st minute which trickled into the arms of Vito Mannone.
Johnson went close with a free-kick in the 56th minute from 25 yards which was less than a foot over the top.
Cheik Tiote tried his luck from distance three minutes later, but his curling right-footed effort went straight into the arms of Mannone.
Tiote went much close in the 64th minute when he dropped a shoulder to come inside off the right and hit a powerful right-footed shot which Mannone was forced to acrobatically turn behind.
From Hatem Ben Arfa’s the resulting corner, Shola Ameobi should have scored, but sent his header wide from six yards.
Only the woodwork denied Johnson a magical second in the 67th minute after he collected the ball near the right-hand touchline, surged inside past three players and hit a left-footed shot towards the far corner which bounced off the outside of the post.
Mannone produced another excellent save in the 72nd minute when Ameobi chested down Krul’s point forwards and was left with only the Sunderland keeper to beat.
But Mannone made himself big and blocked the striker’s chip.
Moments later, Altidore had a golden chance to seal it after Johnson’s tackle robbed Ben Arfa midway inside the Newcastle half.
The ball rolled into the path of Altidore, who had just Krul to beat, but the Newcastle keeper managed to pluck it away from the striker’s feet as he attempted to go around him.
But the third goal did arrive for Sunderland in the 80th minute as Colback put the seal on the Black Cats’ victory.
Colback started the move when he robbed Ben Arfa in the centre-circle and fed Borini, who made a bee-line for the Newcastle area.
Borini played it back to Colback on the overlapping run down the left-hand side of the box and the Sunderland academy product produced a clinical finish as he clipped it into the far corner.
FULL-TIME Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, S.Taylor, Santon (Dummett 64), Tiote, Anita (Marveaux 74), Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi (de Jong 46), Shola Ameobi. Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Armstrong. Booked: Santon (32), Dummett (87)
SUNDERLAND: Mannone, Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Alonso, Bridcutt, Ki, Colback, Johnson (Larsson 77), Borini (Gardner 89), Altidore. Subs not used: Ustari, Vergini, Giaccherini, Wickham, Scocco. Booked: O’Shea (12)
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