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Sunderland 2 Newcastle 1. All over the Black Cats take the derby spoils. First win of the season for them and could be the spark to ignite their campaign.Finally Newcastle get the ball back. One last chance maybe? Krul hammers a free-kick long, but Shola Ameobi is beaten to the ball. Sunderland struggle to clear their lines, but Westwood can gather a tame shot from Cabaye. Should be it.Sunderland win a third corner. Clock ticking on Newcastle's challenge. They can't get the ball back. More frustration as Fletcher wins a throw. Great work by the hosts.Colback sends over a hopeful cross which deflects behind for a corner. Just where Sunderland want the ball. They send no-one forward. Newcastle desperate to get the ball back, but Fletcher wins another corner.Sunderland fans enjoying themselves. The party had started, but there is still time to see out. Colback runs the Black Cats towards the corner flag.Four minutes of stoppage-time to be played.Poyet out on the touchline kicking every ball. He is waving players back. Only a few more minutes to hold out for the hosts. They can expect a Newcastle charge though in the closing minutes.Santon fires long for Cisse to challenge. Newcastle try again, but a touch from Shola Ameobi runs through to Westwood. He takes as long as possible to clear his lines.Nervy moment at the back for Sunderland. O'Shead gets a head to a ball as it is glanced into the box and it loops up over Westwood. He is able to recover in time and gather.Krul off his line quickly to shut out Fletcher's route to goal. Sammy Ameobi has been sent on in place of Gouffran in Newcastle's final throw of the dice.Cisse can't catch up with a hopeful cross sent through the box. Still time for Newcastle, but they need to make something happen soon if they are to haul themselves level again.Wild celebrations all round. Poyet involved, fans on the pitch. Borini all over the place. That's what it means to score a winner in this game!GOAL SUNDERLAND - BORINI. What a strike! Borini may have just claimed all three points. Ki feeds Colback, who moves the ball on to Altidore. He lays off to Borini who lashes into the top corner from 20 yards out.Ameobi wide to Gouffran. He cuts across the field and finds Debuchy. He moves the ball on to Ben Arfa, who is allowed to drift onto his left foot. Too many bodies in the way as his shot is blocked.Dossena does well to keep the ball in play and clear past Ben Arfa. Newcastle rushing things again and send a poor pass through to Westwood. Same from Sunderland as Dossena picks out Krul.Nerves now filtering through from the stands onto the field. At the stage now where if you can't win it, make sure you don't lose it. Poyet and Pardew will be very much aware of that.Fletcher actually wins the argument and fires a tame effort into the wall. Not sure why Larsson, given his record, passed up the opportunity.Larsson already has the ball in his hands. No-one is going to get it off him. He places it carefully on the deck. Only 20 yards out so he will have to get the effort up and down quickly, or swung around the wall.Celustka involved quickly, bursting down the right. He can't get past Santon, who is able to keep the ball in play. Newcastle make a meal of clearing their lines, with Sunderland pressing high. Altidore tripped on the edge of the box, dead centre, by Dummett.Gouffran into Santon, a long way forward. He finds Tiote, who moves the ball on to Ameobi. He sees a 20-yard effort fizz past the post. Not far away.Bardsley can't go on any longer and makes way for Celustka. Poyet urging one more big effort from his side. They have slowed as the game has gone on.Krul fires towards the box. Ameobi unable to get anything on the ball. Newcastle remain in possession, with Ben Arfa popping up on the right. His route to goal is blocked. The ball is worked to Santon, who drills narrowly past the post after turning onto his right foot 178 yards out.Ki and O'Shea exchange passes. Crowd urge them to get the ball forward. Colback then almost caught in possession, before Fletcher is flagged offside. Not happening for the hosts.Maybe a bit of cramp for Bardsley. Break in play allows players from both sides to take on some liquids. Can't fault the effort on show today. Bardsley looks like he should be okay to continue.Another long range effort from Cabaye as he takes aim from 30 yards out. He is able to hit the target, but his effort is never troubling Westwood. Bardsley still struggling and will require treatment.Bardsley able to drift in behind BVn Arfa, but can't get to the ball before it runs out of play. Sunderland full-back looks tired as he drags himself back to his feet. He hasn't played a lot of football recently.Dossena doesn't look as he plays a questionable back-pass. Westwood off his line quickly to hammer clear. Head tennis in midfield, before O'Shea bundles through Cisse. Throw to Sunderland on halfway.Newcastle also making a change. Remy's race has been run and derby specialist Shola Ameobi is sent on in his place. Sunderland respond by sending on Ki in place of Cattermole.Sunderland do make their first switch, with Borini sent on in place of Johnson. As he enters the field, Altidore almost springs clear. The ball breaks to Borini, who fires at Krul. The ball squirms through his legs, but he recovers before it reaches the line.Ben Arfa pops up the left flank and skips past Bardsley. He gets a cross in, but the ball is returned in his direction and out for a throw. Remy trots over to gather, before Cabaye looks right for Debuchy. He is seen out by Johnson.Santon drills over a low cross which Cuellar has to deal with from in front of Cisse. Johnson leads a break down the left, but squanders possession again. Poyet needs to make changes.Sunderland seeing more of the ball again, but aren't doing much with it. On this occasion, O'Shea drills a pass straight out of play.Fletcher the target for another hopeful lump into the box, but Williamson wins their duel. Newcastle try to play their way out, but O'Shea steps in front of Cisse.Debuchy clears and Cisse battles to get the ball back on the deck. Sunderland come out with it, but give it away in midfield. Cabaye's pass towards Remy on the left is over-hit and skids out for a throw.Cabaye has Westwood sprawling at full stretch. He is found on the edge of the box by Ben Arfa. He takes one touch to set himself, before lashing inches past the post.Poyet stood hands in pockets on the sidelines. He has changes up his sleeve if he wishes to freshen things up. He has some big calls to make. Newcastle still have more firepower to come off their bench as well.Cattermole spins in midfield and finds Johnson. He has Dossena running past him, and he forces a corner off Debuchy. Johnson over the set-piece. His delivery swung away from goal finds Colback. He tees up Larsson on the edge of the box, but he fires over the top.Cabaye tries to play a first-time ball into Remy, but the ball slips out of play. Newcastle have offered enough to be level. What have Sunderland got left in the tank?Johnson found on the left. He cuts onto his right foot and swings over a hanging cross. Not the best and gives those in the box no chance.Newcastle fans now singing in the rain and Pardew joyous on the sidelines. Everything to play for again now.GOAL NEWCASTLE - DEBUCHY. Magpies level things up. Cabaye sends the ball to the left for Ben Arfa. He drills over a low cross-shot which finds Debuchy at the back post, and he taps home. Game on!Remy pulls wide to the left and hangs over a cross. Too much on it for those in the middle and Johnson calmly feeds the ball down the left. Sunderland with no-one forward.Fletcher chases a back-pass, but Krul can clear. The ball gets held up in the wind. As it drops back to earth, Tiote is bundled over by Colback. No quarter given in midfield today.Westwood in no rush to take the free-kick. He lumps very long again and Dummett does well to stand up to a physical test with Altidore and see the ball behind for a goal kick.Altidore back on his feet as Cisse glances on to Remy. He can't bring the ball under his spell. Johnson tracks all the way back to gather for Sunderland. Ball given away and Tiote goes left to Ben Arfa, who loses his footing and concedes a free-kick.Fletcher beaten in the air by Dummett, but Larsson collects. Bardsley goes down under pressure from Tiote, but gets nothing. Altodire wins the ball back and squares for Fletcher. Altidore was felled and Fletcher's shot is blocked. Frustration for the hosts as they don't get a free-kick or a shot on target.Westwood drills long. Fletcher goes up, and comes down holding his face. No damage done. Newcastle go left with Cisse, who gets to the dead-ball line. He swings over a cross, but the ball had already slipped behind. Cisse acts as ball boy to get the game back under way.O'Shea into the feet of Altidore. He goes wide to Johnson, who crosses early. Williamson can stab clear. Larsson returns the ball to the box, but Gouffran can nod to safety. Newcastle can get out and Cisse trips Colback.Larsson hooks over his head, but Dummett is there for Newcastle. Sunderland end up back at the feet of Westwood. All a bit scrappy for a moment, until Cabaye emerges with the ball. He finds Remy, but the Magpies give possession away far too easily.Newcastle only half-clear to the edge of the box, but Dossena fails to connect with an ambitious volley. Black Cats keep pressing, but Bardsley sees the ball run away from him and behind. Cisse then out-battled by Cuellar.Larsson blocks a Santon clearance and Newcastle are forced back towards their own corner flag. Dummett has to concede a throw. Sunderland starting brightly, as they did in the first 45. Bardsley wins another throw - edging down the right flank.Cabaye into the feet of Cisse. O'Shea comes out to meet him and force him backwards. Newcastle trying too hard to play a killer pass and Sunderland can clear. Larsson goes long for Altidore, but the ball has too much on it and runs behind. Right idea.Ben Arfa has moved out to the left now, with Cisse operating down the middle. Attacking change, but will it work? Ball runs behind for a Sunderland goal kick as Newcastle look to go long. Westwood takes his time with the clearance. Playing the clock already?Newcastle get the second half under way.Change to be made at the interval by Newcastle, with Cisse sent on in place of Sissoko. Cisse involved with an exchange with the Sunderland mascot before taking to the field?!Newcastle players back out for the second half. Sunderland keep them waiting. Mind games by Gus Poyet.Craig Chisholm says: "Well it's half time and yet again Sunderland are playing the better football. I said 1-3 before the game but on this abject performance I do not see us winning, having said that, we always play better in the second half for some bizarre reason. Something needs to change though.. perhaps a bit of passion would help."Chris from Poole says: "Toon army to triumph the second half and win 4-1."Remember you can also bet in-play at Sunderland are now 4/7 to take the spoils, with Newcastle 5/1 and the draw 5/2. You can get 4/1 on the game ending 1-1.How do you see the second half going? Get your thoughts in to or @SkySportsChrisB.Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0. The hosts lead at the interval. They made the brighter start, but Fletcher leaves the field holding his shoulder. Could be a concern.Johnson sends the free-kick into the box. Delivery is terrible and is cleared by the first man - Cabaye. Final few seconds of the half sees Fletcher nod down for Bardsley and the Black Cats win a throw. No way through for them on this occasion.Colback wins a free-kick off Debuchy. Sunderland still running themselves into the ground and chasing every lost cause. Hosts in no rush to take the set-piece.Two minutes of stoppage-time to be played.Santon throws long into the feet of Remy - who has barely had a kick in the opening 45 minutes. He can't gather on this occasion. Dossena happy to drill long. Bardsley then crosses from the right, but finds the head of Dummett.Cabaye swings the free-kick over from the left. Westwood makes the decision to come early and puts in a commanding take. Just what his back four wanted to see, confident keeping. He quickly fires long down field.Ben Arfa finds Santon on the left. The ball is returned to the Frenchman, who darts to the by-line. His low cross is cleared into the crowd. Sissoko then holds off Colback, before Lee Probert awards him a free-kick for holding. Soft one and Sunderland not happy.Newcastle give the ball away cheaply again. Has happened too often in the first half. They are let off the hook as a pass from Johnson towards Larsson finds the latter offside.Altidore bundles Williamson to the deck as the Newcastle man watches the ball out for a throw. Free-kick given. Newcastle knock the ball along their back four. Sunderland happy to let them do it.Westwood fires towards Altidore. He fails to win the ball, but it drops to Larsson. He dinks the ball over the Newcastle defence, but Fletcher can't catch up with it. Cabaye leads a counter which comes to nothing.Johnson fires over another dangerous delivery from the left. Altidiore sniffing around in the middle, but the ball lands in the hands of Krul. Newcastle looking to spring forward. Tackles fly in on him and Santon.Ben Arfa's turn to have a go from a dead-ball situation. Very optimistic and he whips the ball wide of the target. Would take something very special to beat Westwood from that far out.Newcastle play their way out from the back, but Tiote is almost caught on the ball 30 yards from his own goal. He gets away with it and Debuchy is freed down the right. His cross to the back post is touched to safety by Bardsley. Tiote then wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal after being bundled over by Fletcher.Colback wide again to Johnson, but the hosts end up going all the way back to Westwood. A couple of nervy clearances end up with Newcastle winning a throw inside their own half. Poyet out demanding more from his side.O'Shead wide to Dossena, who helps the ball on to Johnson. He fails to get any height on his cross and it is easily cut out. Newcastle can't get out of their own half, though.Krul takes his time with the goal kick. His clearance comes off Cattermole's head and towards his own goal. Cuellar taking no chances as he clears into the crowd. From the throw, Ben Arfa and Larsson tangle and the Sunderland man gets the decision.Williamson clears against Colback, forcing Debuchy to go back to Krul. Sunderland unable to create anything in the final third at the moment. Fletcher hoping to change that as Johnson is found on the left. His cross drops in the six-yard box, but no-one Sunderland player can reach it.Lee Probert has to have a word with those in the middle as a bunch of players on the edge of the box tussle with one another. Eventually Cabaye takes the corner and Altidore glances to safety. Tiote looks to return the ball from the left wing, but sends a terrible cross bending out of play.Ball looped up in the air by both sides in and around the Sunderland box. Altidore has to hack anywhere. Newcastle comes straight back at them and force another corner. Cabaye taking from both sides.Sissoko wins the ball inside the Sunderland half. He breaks towards the box, before going wide to Remy. He looks to send a cross over, but sees the ball deflect behind off Cattermole. Cabaye's corner is met by Williamson, before being cleared.Free-kick taken short to Cattermole, who threads a pass into Fletcher. The ball loops up off his boot and Williamson can clear. Cuellar then races down the left with Debuchy, but slides in and concedes a foul.Typical derby tackle from Derby as he goes in knee-high on Colback. No surprise to see him cautioned.Cabaye can't find a team-mate with two efforts launched towards the box. As the ball breaks back beyond him, Krul comes a long way out of his area to hammer clear. Flag up against the Newcastle front line.Tiote shoves Larsson in the face. Sunderland man takes a tumble. Risky from Tiote, who shouldn't be raising his rams. He had already won the free-kick and didn't need to lash out.Ben Arfa allowed to drift through midfield, and then out to the left. He has to settle for a throw. Having more influence now the French forward. From the throw, Santon sends over a looping cross which bends beyond the back post and out of play.Tiote gets ball and man as he challenges with Cattermole, free-kick awarded. Williamson then gifts the ball back to Cattermole. No way through for the Black Cats, but Bardsley helps to keep Newcastle pegged back.Fletcher wins another towering header, but can't find Altidore. Bardsley then surrenders possession for the hosts. Newcastle slow things down, before Debuchy misjudges a pass from Ben Arfa and sees the ball sail over his head. Wind is swirling around the ground.Newcastle now seeing more of the ball, with Santon well forward once more. He cuts back to Cabaye on the edge of the box. Another sighter from the Frenchman as he drags well wide of the target.Gouffran drifts out to the left to get a rare touch. He is forced across field, but finds Sissoko. He forces the ball into Debuchy, but Sunderland pull numbers back. Newcastle look left again and Cabaye floats a cross towards Sissoko. He challenges with Westwood, and the loose ball is cleared.Cabaye over the corner now. His delivery is high and long to the edge of the box. Debuchy left all alone, but his volley is easily blocked. Sunderland look to counter at pace, but Larsson is caught offside.Ben Arfa away from one tackle and then appears to stand on the ball. He gets a free-kick, so Colback must have caught him. Set-piece 35 yards from goal this time, just left of centre. Cabaye over it again. He fires the ball in low, and Altidore stoops to nod behind.O'Shea back to Westood. Ben Arfa closes, kind of. He does enough to force a poor clearance from the Sunderland keeper, which drifts out of play. Pardew passing a message on to Cabaye.Cattermole into the feet of Larsson, who goes wide to Bardsley. Patient build-up from Sunderland as they go backwards to Cuellar. Suddenly they spring forward again, with Fletcher feeding Johnson. He runs into trouble down the left flank.Fletcher touches on to Altidore, who gives it back. Low drive is parried by Krul and Dummett is caught napping as Altidore races in to get to the rebound first. He ends up being forced away from goal and out of play. Newcastle youngster having a tough time on his first Premier League start.Cabaye lines up the free-kick. A long way out, but he fancies his chances. He does go for goal and gets the ball up and over the wall. It dips just in front of Westwood, but he hangs on well with two Newcastle players closing in.Coloccini and Taylor say together in the stands. Pardew could have done with either, if not both, of them this afternoon. On the field. Cabaye drifts down the middle and finds Ben Arfa. He wins a free-kick as Johnson has a tug at his short. Magpies 40 yards from goal, dead centre.Westwood with another long clearance. Fletcher causing problems again, but Williamson gets the better of that battle on this occasion. Colback can pick up the loose ball and hang over another testing cross. Fletcher up early again, but glances wide from six yards out.Ben Arfa surrounded by three Sunderland players as he collects the ball. Hosts working so hard in the opening exchanges. Can they keep the tempo this high? Time will tell. Williamson spreads wide to Santon and Ben Arfa then sends a very ambitious effort from 30 yards out high, wide and not very handsome.Colback in bravely with Debuchy, who clatters into him as he heads clear. Newcastle win a free-kick on halfway. They can't string any passes together at the moment. Colback then tripped by Tiote as he races down the left. Free-kick taken quickly as Newcastle contest the decision.Santon drifts in from the left and tees up Cabaye 30 yards from goal. He decides to try his luck from distance, but his shot is always rising and sails high into the stands. He is capable from there and Sunderland need to make sure they pick him up when he drifts forward.Pardew making notes on the sidelines. Already plenty for him to think about. Newcastle pegged inside their own half, with Sunderland pressing from the front. Magpies make it over halfway through Santon, before Bardsley snaps into Sissoko. Throw to the visitors.Tiote has to hack clear, and only finds Cattermole. Sunderland happy to go back to Westwood and keep possession. Ball then sent long for Fletcher. He gets another flick, but Williamson pokes clear from in front of Altidore.Remy lays off to Santon, but Sunderland still looking busy in midfield. Santon ends up tripping Larsson as he lunges for the loose ball. Cuellar fires the free-kick long, but Williamson rises above Fletcher.Fletcher was cautioned for going into the crowd while celebrating his goal. Referee left with little choice. Testing start for Dummett, who was the man bundled out of the way by the more experienced Fletcher to get his head to the ball.No sliding across the turf from Poyet, but he lets emotion spill out on the sidelines. Perfect start for him and the Black Cats. Play back under way, with Cabaye sparking a bust-up in midfield after clattering through Fletcher.GOAL SUNDERLAND - FLETCHER. Hosts take the lead. Johnson takes the corner short, and gets it back from Larsson. He hangs a right-footed cross to the back post, where Fletcher rises above Dummett to nod past Krul What a start!Fletcher gets a touch to a long ball, freeing Larsson down the right. He whips over an early cross, which is nodded clear in the middle. Throw to Sunderland. Bardsley looks for Altidore, who does well to win a corner off Tiote.Sissoko can't run around Cattermole, who slides in with a robust challenge. Larsson then does the same on Santon. Crowd playing their part and responding to the effort being put in by the home side. Flag up against Remy.Krul hammers long down field, but Sunderland are winning the 50-50 balls in midfield. Newcastle forced all the way back to their keeper. Fletcher closing down from the front. O'Shea then touches back to Westwood. Early touches for both keepers.Giant roar greets kick-off. Expect both sides to start at 100mph. Colback already chasing around midfield, bundling into Newcastle bodies. Cuellar then allowed to walk the ball out from the back, but play an aimless pass down the right which runs behind for a goal kick.Sunderland get us up and running.Handshake between Poyet and Pardew. Pleasantries before kick-off, but don't expect them to last long.Great noise, as you would expect, inside the Stadium of Light. Pre-match formalities almost complete. The time for talking is over. Game time!Players emerge from the tunnel so we will have to leave the feedback there for now. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.Connor Linsdell sees the visitors taking the points, saying: "Newcastle will avenge the defeat. I'm thinking easy 3-1 win. Remy, Cabaye and Maybe a Tiote screamer?"Craig Chisholm doesn't know what to expect from his troops, saying: "Out here in Saudi watching this one... after last year's disgrace from us (Newcastle) I expect a far better performance, am going for a toon win -1-3. Mind you, with our lot anything is possible from the sublime to the ridiculous."Alan Pardew speaking to Sky Sports prior to kick-off and says there are 'no excuses' for Newcastle as they look to get one over on their fiercest rivals.Astydee has mixed emotions, saying: "We have proved to be too inconsistent this season, I am fearing the worst here but a 3-0 toon win all the way. HOWAY THE LADS!!"Andy Smith sees French influence for the Magpies. He says: "I feel like Yohan Cabaye will be a dominant figure in this game. I can't see past a Newcastle win."Players out on the pitch going through their pre-match paces. Bound to be a few nerves knocking around. Difference could be who settles quickest.A little under half-an-hour until kick-off at the Stadium of Light. Keep your thoughts and predictions coming in to or @SkySportsChrisB.Steven Smith is looking for a positive showing from the hosts. He says: "This is the most important match of the season for me. Time to kick start our season and show how good we can be!"Jordan Green thinks there will be little to separate the two sides, saying: "I think it'll be a score draw, 1-1. Remy to score for Newcastle."Josh sees the Magpies soaring to three points, saying: "It will be a simple 3-0 win for Newcastle with Ben Arfa on the scoresheet!"Barry Skelton is backing an away win. He says: "Sunderland could kick start their season today. But being a toon fan I'll say 2-1 Newcastle. Remy brace."Gordon Henshaw is feeling positive. He says: "2 -0 Sunderland. Our season begins here - Haway The Lads!!!!!!!"Ben from St Albans believes he has got the right answers this afternoon, saying: "This is simple. 2-0 to Newcastle as Sunderland can't score and Ameobi to score the 2nd...its in the tea leaves."Today's referee is Lee Probert.Newcastle team: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Remy. Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.Sunderland team: Westwood, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea (c), Cuellar, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Altidore, Fletcher. Subs: Mannone, Ki, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Roberge, Borini.You can also bet in-play throughout the afternoon at Sunderland start at 19/10 to claim the spoils, with Newcastle 6/4 and the draw 12/5. You can get Sunderland to prevail 2-1 Price Boosted at 11/1.How do you see today's game going? Feel free to offer your opinion and pre-match predictions by contacting me direct at or @SkySportsChrisB.The Magpies will be wanting revenge for a 3-0 reversal at St James' Park the last time the two clubs met, but their record in derbies over recent times is good and will offer cause for optimism to the away support.Newcastle are still looking for consistency, which has been the case for much of the past 18 months.Paolo Di Canio paid the price for a slow start with his job, and this is just Gus Poyet's second game in charge of the Black Cats - very much a case of being thrown in at the deep end.Sunderland remain winless at the foot of the Premier League table, with just one point to show for their efforts so far.Welcome to the Stadium of Light for our coverage of today's Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle.

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