Sunderland seal derby spoils

Sunderland took the spoils on North East derby day, with Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan earning them a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Last Updated: 14/04/13 at 16:57 Post Comment

Stephane Sessegnon wheels away after firing Sunderland in front

Stephane Sessegnon wheels away after firing Sunderland in front

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Many of those on the field were experiencing Tyne-Wear rivalries for the first time, while Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio was thrown into the gladiatorial arena in just his second game in charge.

As expected, the match started at a frenetic pace - with Steven Taylor fortunate to get away with one slip and a clear tug on the shirt of Danny Graham inside the penalty area.

There was always the threat of emotions spilling over, and Yoan Gouffran - the first of four players to see yellow during the first half - was lucky to get away with an over-the-top challenge which caught Johnson's ankle.

Sunderland kept their heads, though, and went in front on 27 minutes when Jonas Gutierrez surrendered possession in midfield and James McClean rolled the ball on for Sessegnon to embark on a driving run and drill low into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

Papiss Cisse came close to levelling within seconds of the re-start, but he was denied by a sprawling stop from Simon Mignolet after wriggling away from Phil Bardsley.

The same two players were then at the centre of attention again moments later, with Cisse seeing a sweeping effort from the centre of the box kept out by a low save from Mignolet.

Carlos Cuellar came close to doubling Sunderland's lead four minutes before the interval, but another piece of top goalkeeping - this time from Tim Krul - saw him fail to convert with a close-range header.

The Black Cats continued to pose problems at the start of the second 45, with Johnson unable to get enough elevation on an attempted lob.

Bardsley was forced off with a knock on 54 minutes, forcing Sunderland to tweak their approach slightly, and shortly afterwards Krul landed heavily on his shoulder and had to make way for Newcastle's back-up shot-stopper Rob Elliot.

The Magpies thought they had restored parity just past the hour mark, but Cisse saw an offside call go against him as he bundled home following a free-kick - with replays suggesting the decision was harsh on the hosts.

Graham then saw another penalty call fall on deaf ears, with referee Howard Webb unmoved despite a back post header cannoning off the arm of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, before substitute Hatem Ben Arfa planted a free header over the top at the opposite end of the field.

He was made to pay for that miss on 74 minutes, with Johnson allowed to gather wide on the left, drift across the field unchallenged and lash an unstoppable drive past a helpless Elliott from distance.

It got even better for the Black Cats eight minutes from time, with Vaughan crashing a stinging shot into the top corner - sparking wild celebrations which a jubilant Di Canio could not help but involved in.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 22 December 2014
20:00
Stoke 0-2 Chelsea Report
Sunday, 21 December 2014
16:00
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal Report
13:30
Newcastle 0-1 S'land Report
Saturday, 20 December 2014
15:00
A Villa 1-1 Man Utd Report
Hull City 0-1 Swansea Report
QPR 3-2 W Brom Report
So'ton 3-0 Everton Report
Tottenham 2-1 Burnley Report
West Ham 2-0 Leicester Report
12:45
Man City 3-0 C Palace Report

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property