Sunderland win again at Newcastle
Gus Poyet’s side have now won the last three matches against their bitter rivals
Jack Colback scores Sunderland’s third goal past against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3: Alan Pardew was left alone to face a furious backlash as Newcastle succumbed to another humbling derby defeat by Sunderland.
Fans incensed by the club’s decision to sell Yohan Cabaye and not replace him vented their anger on the 52-year-old, with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear nowhere to be seen as the Black Cats cruised to a second successive 3-0 victory at St James’ Park.
Sunderland’s third derby victory on the trot — for the first time since 1923 — was secured by first-half goals from Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson, who struck for the seventh time in as many games, and Jack Colback’s late strike, and it was no more than the visitors deserved.
Where Newcastle were porous at the back and an ineffective in front of goal, with ring-rusty loan signing Luuk de Jong ponderous after his half-time introduction, the Black Cats were solid in their own half and clinical in the other.
It had not been a good week for Pardew, who went into the game with the repercussions of the Cabaye saga still echoing on Tyneside, leading scorer Loic Remy suspended after a senseless clash with Norwich’s Bradley Johnson and Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse joining Fabricio Coloccini on the injured list.
But it was to get far, far worse long before he headed back into the dressing room with the boos of a furious home crowd ringing in his ears.
Newcastle were utterly shambolic before the break as Sunderland took the game to their hosts after the early skirmishes.
It might have been very different for the home side had full-back Mathieu Debuchy blasted a second-minute shot inside the post rather than past it, but things started to turn sour shortly afterwards.
An unmarked Marcos Alonso flashed a fifth-minute header over Tim Krul’s crossbar and Borini only just failed to connect with Johnson’s long ball three minutes later.
Borini smashed the ball high to Krul’s right and was promptly booked for his delirious celebration, and worse was to follow for both Krul and Newcastle.
Only four more minutes had elapsed when the Dutchman had to claw Jack Colback’s deflected shot away, but Johnson was on hand to tap home with the keeper berating full-back Davide Santon afterwards.
The Magpies were bereft creatively without Cabaye’s influence and with Sunderland denying Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi time and space to run at them, lone striker Shola Ameobi was seeing little of the game.