Sunderland AFC news: Derby fever after 3-0 win over Newcastle, ex-Black Cats striker wants Villa job, Under-21s in action

Billy Jones celebrates his Sunderland goal
Billy Jones celebrates his Sunderland goal
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Have you recovered yet? Derby day fever has swept Sunderland after the SIXTH successive win over Newcastle United.

The post-match reaction and analysis is dominating the headlines today and you can keep up-to-speed with all the news here:
Sam Allardyce was delighted with the victory but has called on his Sunderland side to improve if they want to get out of trouble this season, while Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher have been reflecting on another special day on Wearside.

Front page of the Sunderland Echo

Front page of the Sunderland Echo

Newcastle United have confirmed they have lodged an appeal against the sending off of Fabricio Coloccini. Fletcher, who was fouled for the penalty, has backed the referee's decision though.

Read what Fletcher told us here:
Meanwhile, former Black Cats forward Dwight Yorke has thrown his name into the hat for the vacant manager's position at Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.

“People are going to say I’m crazy for putting my name in the hat,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT.

“But I’ve been involved in football for a very long time and, having played for Aston Villa for ten years, I’ve looked at the club and seen the direction they’re heading in – it’s a dire situation."

Delighted Sam Allardyce

Delighted Sam Allardyce

And finally, Sunderland's Under-21 side are back in action tonight, they host Manchester United at Eppleton CW (KO 7pm).

Charis Mavrias is set to feature again and he believes Sunderland’s U21s will face a similar challenge against the Red Devils as they did against Liverpool.

He told the club website: "When we look at the games against Liverpool and Manchester United you know they will be similar because both sides are very good teams and they try to play football from the back.

“I think it will be similar contest and we need to make sure we’re prepared for that, but when we win we’re confident and I think we can see that in our performances.”

Sunderland’s U21s have lost just once in their last 22 games.

We'll have a full-match report and reaction here later tonight.