Sunderland once again claimed the bragging rights as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.
- Sunderland 3 Newcastle 0
- Coloccini sent off for Magpies
- Johnson converts from penalty spot
- Jones doubles Black Cats' lead
- Fletcher volleys home at the death
The Magpies produced a dominant first-half performance but were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time after Fabricio Coloccini was adjudged to have fouled Steven Fletcher when through on goal. Adam Johnson calmly converted from the penalty spot to give the Black Cats an unlikely lead at the half-time break.
The visitors continued to create chances after the interval but fell further behind on 65 minutes, Billy Jones netting the all-important goal.
The match was effectively over as a contest when Fletcher slotted home with a well-timed volley in the 86th minute to rub further salt in the wounds of the Tynesiders.
Steve McClaren's side went into the clash high on confidence after recording a morale-boosting 6-2 victory over Norwich City last time out, and created a a whole host of chances in opening stages of the contest.
However, Coloccini's close-range effort on two minutes was kept out by Costel Pantilimon, while Moussa Sissoko saw his effort from a tight angle blocked by a last-ditch tackle.
The chances continued to flow, with Aleksandar Mitrovic heading wide from the centre of the box on 12 minutes, before Georginio Wijnaldum forced Pantilimon into action with a left-footed shot from outside the box.
Later efforts from Jack Colback and Sissoko lacked the required cutting edge as Sunderland weathered the storm.
The Wearsiders first chance of note arrived on 25 minutes, with Steven Fletcher's goal-bound header blocked by the defence.
The Toon renewed their efforts in the remaining minutes and created chance after chance against a toothless Sunderland.
Colback, Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Wijnaldum all went close to breaking the deadlock as Newcastle laid siege to the home goal.
However, the match was turned on its head in first-half injury time after Coloccini clattered Fletcher in the box, prompting the man in the middle to point straight to the spot. Coloccini was controversially shown a straight red card for his troubles, and Johnson converted the resulting spot-kick with aplomb.
It was a bitter blow for the Magpies, who had dominated proceedings for much of the half. Unfortunately, their situation went from bad to worse after the half-time break.
After Perez and Mitrovic saw their respective efforts kept out by Pantilimon, the hosts went on to double their advantage on 65 minutes. Yann M'Vila whipped in an inviting cross from a corner and Jones was in the right place, at the right time to convert with a volleyed effort from close range.
Later efforts from Wijnaldum and Perez failed to beat Pantilimon as Newcastle desperately piled forward in a bid to reduce the deficit.
Despite being a man down, Newcastle continued to create chances. Vurnon Anita fired over on 74 minutes, while Paul Dummett's shot from outside the box was blocked.
Mitrovic and substitute Florian Thauvin had more than one chance to pull one back in the closing stages, but Sunderland went on to extend their advantage in the 86th minute as Fletcher guided a left-footed volley into the bottom corner from inside the area.