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    Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United Match Report. Coloccini sees red on controversial Derby Day.

    By Ryan Carter. @TheRyanJCarter

    Newcastle United tasted defeat at the hands of Sunderland yet again in the Wear-Tyne derby, as their Wearside rivals ran out 3-0 winners.

    The contest was decided by two penalty calls late in the first half, which also saw Newcastle go down to 10 men.

    First the Magpies were denied a penalty by Bobby Madley, when Lee Cattermole appeared to bring Gini Wijnaldum down in the area, before Sunderland were awarded a penalty which saw Fabricio Coloccini red carded.

    Newcastle were then unable to regroup in the second half and goals from Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher put the game out of reach for the away side.

    This result means Sunderland have won the last six derbies against their North East rivals and earns the Wearsiders their first league win of the season, while Steve McClaren’s side fail to climb out of the bottom three.

    The contest started as it always does, with a number of tough challenges coming in the opening minutes, as the hosts tested the referee’s whistle early on.

    But the hard tackles from Sunderland almost gifted Newcastle the game’s first goal, as the Magpies were awarded a free-kick on the right hand side.

    The set piece was whipped into the box and Aleksander Mitrovic flicked a header towards Coloccini, whose acrobatic effort needed to be dealt with by Costel Pantilimon.

    Despite the players draped in red and white putting in the early tough challenges, it was the away side who picked up the derby’s first yellow card.

    Cheick Tiote was only spoken to for a late challenge on Adam Johnson but the midfielder soon found himself in the referee’s book following another hard challenge seconds later.

    Steve McClaren’s team were playing well right from the kick-off and looked the most likely to score, with Wijnaldum and Mitrovic looking particularly dangerous with the ball.

    But one player who would have been more determined than anyone to score in this game was Jack Colback and he came very close to scoring against his old club in the opening half hour.

    The Geordie midfielder found a ball chipped over the top of the defence by Daryl Janmaat and fired at goal but Pantilimon was again able to save well.

    Newcastle were dominant in the first half and came close again through Ayoze Perez, when Moussa Sissoko drilled a ball in from the right but the Spanish striker failed to put the chance away.

    Sam Allardyce was then forced to make two substitutions before the break, as both Ola Toivonen and John O’Shea left the game with injuries, before Jermain Defoe and Sebastian Coates replaced the pair.

    With less than five minutes left in the half, Coates fouled Wijnaldum on the edge of the box and chants of ‘Ryan Taylor over the wall’ rang around the Stadium of Light from the Newcastle faithful.

    The Dutch midfielder then stepped up to take the set piece, only to be denied by Sunderland’s goalkeeper who tipped the effort over the bar.

    But in a game which was in Newcastle’s full control, Sunderland were awarded a controversial penalty.

    Referee Bobby Madley first ignored appeals for a Newcastle spot-kick when Lee Cattermole seemed to hold Wijnaldum back after the Magpies midfielder flicked the ball passed the player.

    The hosts then went on the counter-attack and a through-ball from Defoe was chased down by Steven Fletcher, who was barged over by Colocinni in the area, who challenged shoulder-to-shoulder with the Scottish striker.

    Fletcher made the most of the challenge and Sunderland were awarded a penalty and the Toon skipper was shown a red card.

    Adam Johnson stepped up to the spot and fired passed Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal and after the away side’s impressive first half display, it was the hosts who held the lead at the break.

    As the teams returned for the second half, young defender Jamaal Lascelles was brought on for the booked Cheick Tiote, as McClaren looked to plug the hole Coloccini’s dismissal left in his defence.

    There was more bad news for the Magpies at the start of the half, when Colback was forced off the pitch with an injury inflicted by a poor challenge from Cattermole which went unpunished.

    Vurnon Anita came on to replace the injured midfielder, as McClaren’s side tried to find a way back into the game.

    The goal lifted Sunderland who made a much better start to the second half against the deflated 10-men of Newcastle.

    But the Toon Army looked set to celebrate an equaliser when a deflected effort found its way to the feet of Mitrovic, who made space for himself before firing at goal, only to be denied by an impressive stop from Pantilimon

    Despite Newcastle’s best efforts to push on though, Sunderland soon doubled their lead through Billy Jones.

    The hosts were awarded their first corner of the game and the ball floated over the crowd of players before falling to Yann M’Vila, whose effort at goal was turned in by Jones on the goal-line.

    It was almost three not long after, when Johnson fired a powerful shot towards goal but his effort could only cannon off the crossbar.

    But the third goal did eventually come and it was Fletcher who scored again in this fixture to wrap up Sunderland’s first league win of the season.

    So the Mackems again have bragging rights in this fixture over their Geordie rivals and there is no doubt that the fans will be looking forward to March 19th when the sides will meet again at St James’ Park.

    Up next for Newcastle is a Halloween fixture against Stoke City at St James’ Park, while Sunderland travel to Everton the day after.

    Player Ratings:


    Rob Elliot: 6

    Daryl Janmaat: 6

    Chancel Mbemba: 6

    Fabricio Coloccini: 6

    Paul Dummett: 6

    Cheick Tiote: 5

    Jack Colback: 7

    Gini Wijnaldum: 7

    Moussa Sissoko: 7

    Ayoze Perez: 7

    Aleksandar Mitrovic: 7

    Lascelles: 6, Anita: 5, Thauvin: 6.


    Pantilimon: 9, Yedlin: 7, O’Shea: 5, Kaboul: 6, Jones: 7, Cattermole: 6, M’Vila: 7, Toivonen: 5, Lens: 7, Johnson: 7, Fletcher: 8

    Subs: Defoe: 7, Coates: 6, Larsson: 6
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