Sunday, 28 December 2014

Adam Johnson
  • Sunderland unbeaten in six league games v Newcastle
  • Four successive wins over Magpies for Black Cats
  • Third league win of season for Poyet's men
Adam Johnson scored in the 90th minute to give Sunderland their fourth successive win over Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby.
The winger placed his shot past Jak Alnwick following an excellent counter-attack by the Black Cats.
They also went close through Steven Fletcher, whose shot hit the post, while Connor Wickham wasted chances.
Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez was twice denied by Costel Pantilimon, who also saved from Moussa Sissoko.
There was barely time for the home side to test the Romanian keeper again after the goal, as Sunderland held on for their third successive victory on Tyneside and only their third league win of the season.
The result lifts them to 14th in the table, and further cements Gus Poyet's hero status among the club's fans after he once again commandeered his players to a memorable victory at their rivals.
As for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, the result and manner of it will be tough to swallow. He now carries the unwanted tag of being the first Magpies manager to lose four successive Tyne-Wear derbies.
Bar a strike from Sissoko, the Magpies barely threatened in the first half. But they improved after the break and went close to taking the lead through Perez, who forced an brilliant save from Pantilimon. The keeper also denied the Spain Under-21 striker with a good low stop.
Sunderland were sloppy with their passing in the second 45 minutes, having looked more assured in the first. They created several chances to score in that period with Fletcher firing a volley against the crossbar and Wickham wasting two efforts with his head.
Poyet's men picked up two yellows to Newcastle's three in a feisty opening half, although their battling midfielder Lee Cattermole escaped a booking despite scything down Daryl Janmaat in the first minute.
Defeat by Sunderland hurts - Pardew
With the match looking as if it was going peter out to a draw, Sunderland sprung a surprise.
Newcastle looked susceptible on the counter throughout the match and were caught again. Johnson, who had earlier missed with a side-foot effort from eight yards, made no mistake when he smashed home Will Buckley's lay-off. It was the former Middlesbrough player's third goal in three seasons against Newcastle.
Earlier in the match, the Magpies fans paid tribute to their rivals for their support in the aftermath of the deaths of fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder in the MH-17 crash in July, while their Sunderland counterparts applauded in tribute on 17 minutes.
Newcastle v Sunderland fan
Supporters were united in paying tribute to the two Newcastle fans who died on board a Malaysia Airlines plane in July
Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini and Sunderland's Steven Fletcher
There were seven bookings in total - five in the first half
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher and Newcastle's Steven Taylor
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher went close with a volley that hit the bar
Newcastle's Steven Taylor
Newcastle's Steven Taylor picked up a nasty facial injury after colliding with Fletcher and the post
Sunderland's Adam Johnson
Taylor and his team-mates were helpless in trying to stop Sunderland's Adam Johnson from scoring what proved to be the winner

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 31 Alnwick
  • 22 Janmaat
  • 27 Taylor
  • 02 Coloccini Booked
  • 36 Dummett Booked
  • 24 Tioté Booked (Cissé - 75' )
  • 14 Colback Booked
  • 11 Gouffran (Armstrong - 59' )
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 28 Ameobi (Cabella - 89' )
  • 17 Pérez


  • 06 Williamson
  • 09 Cissé
  • 19 Haidara
  • 20 Cabella
  • 29 Riviere
  • 32 Armstrong
  • 41 Woodman


  • 01 Pantilimon
  • 27 Vergini
  • 22 Coates Booked
  • 05 Brown
  • 16 O'Shea Booked
  • 06 Cattermole Booked (Bridcutt - 70' )
  • 11 Johnson
  • 07 Larsson (Rodwell - 94' )
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 10 Wickham Booked (Buckley - 81' )
  • 09 Fletcher


  • 04 Bridcutt
  • 08 Rodwell
  • 17 Altidore
  • 20 Álvarez
  • 25 Mannone
  • 30 Buckley
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 52,315

Match Stats

Possession48%52%90minsNewcastle UnitedSunderland


15 16

On target

7 3


7 1


15 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Sunderland 1.
90:00 +5:56 Full time
Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Sunderland 1.
90:00 +4:23 Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by William Buckley.
90:00 +3:20 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jack Rodwell replaces Sebastian Larsson.
90:00 +2:37 Foul by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).
90:00 +2:37 Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90:00 +1:20 Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley following a fast break.
90:00 +0:01 Booking
Booking Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.
89:36 Goal scored
Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Sunderland 1. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Buckley following a fast break.
88:55 Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.
88:50 Attempt saved. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Dummett.
88:22 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Rémy Cabella replaces Sammy Ameobi.
86:57 Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.
86:08 Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
86:08 Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).
84:51 Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.
83:15 Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).
83:15 Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
81:55 Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
81:55 Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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