The Magpies, without PSG new-boy Yohan Cabaye, were outclassed in the Tyne-Wear derby as the Black Cats posted three consecutive wins over the Toon for the first tine since 1923
Gus Poyet's men took control of the opening exchanges and were rewarded with an early goal when Phil Bardsley was felled inside the box by Vernon Anita. Fabio Borini stepped up to take the resulting penalty and buried it in the roof of the net.
The visitors doubled their lead moments later from a swift break, as Jack Colback drove towards goal before unleashing a shot that was palmed into the path of Adam Johnson, who tapped the ball into an open net.
Newcastle threw on new signing Luuk De Jong for the second half, though rarely tested Vito Mannone, and it was Sunderland who would net the next, decisive goal, counterattacking at speed once more before Colback rifled the ball past Tim Krul to wrap up the win.
|VIEW FROM ST JAMES' PARK
|By Harry Slavin
This was the exact same result as when these sides met last season but you have to feel this time around will hurt Newcastle just a litle bit more.
The performance on the pitch only served to emphasise how big a miss Yohan Cabaye will be as they failed to find any rhythm in the centre of the park.
Gus Poyet’s side, meanwhile, are going from strength to strength and they never looked in any trouble after Fabio Borini fired them ahead from the spot and the goals from Adam Johnson and Jack Colback made sure the Black Cats will be partying like it’s 1923.
Both sides had chances to score within a frantic first five minutes. Mathieu Debuchy flashed a shot wide for the hosts before the unmarked Marcos Alonso headed over from six yards for Sunderland.
The match continued in an end-to-end fashion until the visitors moved ahead on 19 minutes. Anita clumsily challenged Bardsley in the area and Borini thundered the resulting penalty into the top-left hand corner.
Four minutes later the visiting supporters were on their feet again. Jozy Altidore's neat flick found Colback and his deflected effort deceived Krul who could only parry into the path of Johnson with the winger tapping home the rebound for his seventh goal in his last eight matches.
Sunderland were comfortable in defence and twice nearly had a third with Johnson heading wide and the impressive Altidore holding off three challengers before shooting tamely at Krul.
Unsurprisingly, Newcastle came out for the second half with more attacking intent and introduced De Jong from the bench for his debut.
The home side had claims for a penalty when Shola Ameobi appeared to be tripped by Bridcutt in the area, before Vito Mannone saved Cheick Tiote's drive and the Nigeria striker headed over from the resulting corner.
Johnson remained a threat at the other end for Sunderland, however, and he almost wrapped the match up by weaving his way into the box from the right and curling his shot onto the far post.
Shola Ameobi continued to pose a threat for Newcastle and had a header cleared on the line by John O'Shea as the hosts grew desperate.
That missed chance proved costly, as Colback collected Borini's pass and fired past Krul, ensuring Sunderland ended another weekend out of the relegation zone.