Allardyce: ‘Great relief’ after first win

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was delighted to see his team record their first win of the season by beating Newcastle United 3-0 at Stadium of Light on Sunday.

The Black Cats have been struggling all season but goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher saw them record a sixth successive victory in the Tyne-Wear derby.

"After last week where we didn't get the rub of the green and a few decisions went against us, this week we've had a number which went in our favour," Big Sam said.

"It's a great confidence boost for the players, scoring three goals against their rivals and keeping a clean sheet for the first time.

"It's also a great relief for the players to get their first win of the season and for me as a new manager. I was wanting to win so badly today and getting the result we have is very important for us."

The match also saw Fabricio Coloccini get a red card and give away the penalty from which Johnson opened the scoring, and Allardyce admits that the incident was a turning point.

"The sending off was a big decision in the game and we took advantage of playing against 10 men," he added. "I was fully expecting Steven Fletcher, had he not been felled, to have buried that shot.

"We were pegged back early in the game and you expect teams to come and do that but we dug in and kept going."