Magpies deciminate their rivals.
Newcastle had an early chance to take the lead after a Joey Barton corner as Simon Mignolet came to punch but missed the ball. Sunderland managed to clear and broke on the counter with Danny Welbeck picking up possession in midfield after a Steed Malbranque challenge. Welbeck ran down the middle unchallenged but failed to get his head up to spot Darren Bent bursting free to his left. Instead, the Manchester United loanee went for goal, and saw his shot blocked on the right-hand edge of the penalty area.
The hosts had a penalty claim waved away in the 18th minute. Danny Simpson sent a long ball over the top of the Sunderland defence after spotting a run forward by Andy Carroll. Newcastle's No.9 controlled on his chest and entered the penalty area with Michael Turner breathing down his neck. Carroll went down as Bramble came in to challenge, and replays showed the former Newcastle defender won the ball cleanly.
Newcastle had another chance to take the lead in the 24th minute; Barton's corner was met at the far post by a strong Carroll header. Mignolet managed to get a firm right hand to the header but could only divert it back across his own goal. Fabricio Coloccini threw himself at it with a diving header but couldn't connect before Shola Ameobi swung a boot at it to send it wide of Mignolet's left-hand post.
Newcastle continued the pressure as Barton stuck from long range to force Mignolet into a good left-handed save to push the ball wide for a corner. This was swung into the far post where it ricocheted off a couple of heads before landing in front of Nolan. The captain wet for an overhead kick and it came off, sending the ball into the roof of the net to give Newcastle the lead.
The hosts had a second hoal in the 34th minute and it was Nolan for a second time. Jonas Gutierrez drove infield from the left wing and went for goal from the edge of the penalty area. His shot was blocked and squirmed to the right-hand side of the goal where Carroll tried an audacious scissor kick. It didn't come off as planned, as it went straight to the unmarked Nolan who controlled before placing it into the bottom right-hand corner of Sunderland's goal.
Newcastle weren't done there, as Gutierrez was brought down by Nedum Onuoha after a driving run into the left-hand side of the box. Ameobi stepped up to take it and hammered it into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal - it was unstoppable.
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