Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland: Match report

Sunderland secured their first win under Paolo Di Canio and their first on Tyneside for 13 years to drag local rivals Newcastle United back into the relegation mix.

The Black Cats deserved their win. They could have had a penalty in either half, the most blatant when Steven Taylor had a hold of Danny GrahamÔÇÖs shirt, and were a constant threat whenever Adam Johnson or Stephane Sessegnon got the ball and ran at a ponderous Newcastle defence.

Sessegnon opened the scoring in the first half and, after a sustained period of home pressure, Johnson got the second, cutting inside from the right before finding the far corner with a shot that gave substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot no chance.

Having put so much into their failed attempt to beat Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night, Newcastle were always going to be a little weary and so it proved.

Sunderland were sharper and brighter in almost every area of the pitch and took the lead with just under half an hour played when Jonas Gutierrez gave the ball away to Seb Larsson.

The Swede merely moved it on to Sessegnon, who ran at Steven Taylor, made room for a shot and guided it into the bottom corner from 22 yards. It was the not the most powerful shot, but its placement was perfect, clipping the inside of the post, although goalkeeper Tim Krul was perhaps caught a little flat-footed.

The goal took the fizz out of NewcastleÔÇÖs support, although the Magpies enjoyed the their best five minutes after going behind, Papiss Demba Cisse denied by a superb save from Simon Mignolet as he dashed off his line before making a low save at full-stretch to keep out the same player.

At the other end, Danny Graham, a Newcastle fan, was causing problems for his marker Mapou-Yanga-Mbiwa with his back to goal and could have scored a second for the Black Cats but his shot on the turn was weak.

Sunderland had even better opportunity to extend their lead before the break when Carlos Cuellar put a free header from a Seb Larsson corner straight at Krul.

In stoppage time at the end of the half, a miss-hit cross from Gutierrez almost made a amends for his earlier blunder, but Mignolet managed to turn it round the post.

Newcastle flew at their neighbours like an angry cat looking to scratch out the eyes of a rival. They had the ball in the net in that period, Papiss Cisse smashing home a flick from Moussa Sissoko, only for it be wrongly ruled out by an offside flag. Hatem Ben Arfa also missed a great chance with a close range header, but then came JohnsonÔÇÖs strike on the break.

Still Newcastle believed they could get back into it, but when Sessegnon left the woeful Cheick Tiote for dead, he fed David Vaughan, who smashed a rising shot into the top corner to spark bedlam in the away dugout and despair among the home fans.

by @prolixir.