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April 14, 2013
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 52355
S. Sessègnon 27'
A. Johnson 74'
D. Vaughan 82'
In the end, the away side deserved it purely down to their resolve over the 90 minutes. The hosts have cause to feel aggrieved through their disallowed goal - but not much else. Bravo, Paolo Di Canio. We will be seeing a lot more of him in the future. That's all from me, Tim Poole, folks - today was an absolute cracker, I hope you enjoyed our coverage!
Newcastle did think they had hit back after the break though - and had Papiss Cisse's disallowed equaliser stood, it could have been a completely different turnout. His goal was ruled out for offside yet replays will show you that it was not at all the case. The hosts were further punished thereafter by strikes from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan - strikes of escalating quality each time.
The same goes for their Tyne-Wear rivals but after today's sensational achievement, they will not fear any one! Stephane Sessegnon kicked things off with a clinical strike in the first half - despite an opening 45 minutes completely dominated by the Magpies.
What a day for the Black Cats. What a day for Paolo Di Canio. One to forget, of course, for Alan Pardew's Newcastle side, who have a trip to West Brom coming up as their next encounter. After that, they host Liverpool and travel to West Ham before facing QPR at Loftus Road. Every game will be invaluable for them from hereon in.
FULL-TIME! Howard Webb blows his whistle and a landmark Sunderland victory is complete.
90' + 5'
The ball has not left the Newcastle half in the last 10 minutes and the visitors look easily capable of grabbing a fourth here.
90' + 4'
And the Italian is still on his feet barking orders to his players. But he is doing it with a smile. With that scoreline, who wouldn't be?
90' + 3'
No disrespect to Martin O'Neill but did the Black Cats even look like they could play like this under his stewardship? Di Canio seems to have instilled a new energy into this previously struggling side. Their dynamism and incisiveness has been at top levels today. The tactical aspects of their performance have also been spot on.
90' + 2'
Another astute performer today - Rose - storms down the left-hand side and wins his side a corner. 3-0 up and they are still pushing for more goals. Admirable.
There will be SIX minutes of added time here. Perhaps a chance to improve their goal difference - for both sides.
Readers, who do you think has been today's man of the match? If it were my pick, it might just go to Stephane Sessegnon. But Simon Mignolet and Phil Bardsley were sensational today too, while Danny Graham and Adam Johnson have all done their part as well. In truth, every Sunderland player has been terrific. Not so for the home team.
Gutierrez and Cisse are attempting to get their side back into it but their efforts are in vain. Even a consolation goal seems a long way off for the hosts here.
Di Canio, meanwhile, has been celebrating all day in some style. The Black Cats fans are joining him at the moment and this will go down as one of their most historic Tyne-Weird derby wins.
Newcastle fans are leaving early.
Assist Stéphane Sessegnon
What a phenomenal strike. After Sunderland's first two goals - you didn't think it could get any better. But it could - and how. Receiving the ball on the left corner of the box, substitute David Vaughan took a touch and curled and absolute stunner past Elliott into the top right corner. Words cannot do justice to what a fantastic performance this has been.
Goal David Vaughan
GOAL! 3-0 SUNDERLAND! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
What bearing will this result have on the relegation dogfight? It might just drag Newcastle straight back into it, that's for sure. But the visitors will have received a huge boost - not just points wise but in terms of confidence, too. The likes of Stoke, Wigan and Norwich will also be watching nervously.
And N'Diaye almost makes it three for the visitors! Elliott is equal to the strike, though - a shot across goal from the right of the danger area.
Newcastle's frustrating day is summed up as Gutierrez launches his shot into the back of Cisse.
The looks on the faces of the home fans are that of stone-cold disappointment.
Yellow Card Adam Johnson
Johnson is booked for taking his shirt off during the celebrations but the Black Cats fans will surely forgive him that - so too will the ever-passionate Di Canio.
Assist Sebastian Larsson
Goal Adam Johnson
GOAL! Johnson! 2-0 Sunderland! How the hosts are made to pay for their profligacy! Adam Johnson with a sensational strike from distance and his fifth league goal of the season. What a clinical hit that was from outside the area - even more so than Sessegnon's opener. Di Canio knee-slides down the touchline and celebrates in wild fashion. This is just fantastic from the visitors.
ANOTHER CHANCE! A powerful run to beat his man from Sissoko allowed him to send in a superb low cross and who else but Cisse to meet it. The Senegal forward fires over, however.
How the visitors will want the clock to just tick down here. Newcastle are having all of the possession and are now enjoying all the chances.
CHANCE! Super sub Hatem Ben Arfa flashes a header over for the hosts. The Magpies are absolutely determined to stop the visitors from leaving St James' Park with the three points. And though they have been far from convincing so far, they can still salvage a result - even a win - late on.
As things stand, Sunderland - who had previously not won in nine league games - will be up to 15th. Could Di Canio be their saviour?
Debuchy sends a hopeful long ball into the area but Mignolet collects it comfortably. The home side's performance has been distinctly flat so far today. Perhaps they are still reeling from their Europa League exit on Thursday night.
As the away side whip an unsuccessful corner in, the attention of all Newcastle fans will undoubtedly still be on their disallowed goal from minutes earlier. The linesman even had the six-yard line as a guide - with the Sunderland defender clearly behind it and Cisse clearly in front of it. Incredible decision.
Hatem Ben Arfa
The away side try to capitalise on their good fortune as Sessegnon breaks free in the penalty box down the other end but he tumbles in search of a penalty instead of taking a shot - to no avail.
Real controversy here at St James' Park as a perfectly legitimate free kick is whipped in and Cisse ends up with the ball at the near post, firing at will to seemingly grab an equaliser for his side. It is ruled out, though, but for no good reason.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Cisse slots the ball away only for the linesman to immediately flag for offside. Replays suggest the official has made the wrong decision!
Back to matters on the pitch, though, and Cisse forces a save from Mignolet from distance! We know the Senegalese striker can hit them from range and his shot needed a stop from the Belgian as it trickled out for a corner.
As play resumes with the away side enjoying a rare passage of attacking play, you have to feel form Tim Krul. Having only recently returned from an ankle injury, the talented Dutch keeper looks set for another period on the sidelines.
On comes Elliott and his first action of the game is to catch a Sebastian Larsson free kick.
Now Krul is down after the Magpies stopper leaped to block a long-range cross and landed painfully on his arm. Rob Elliott is already warming up on the bench.
Well, it turns out Bardsley does not look fit enough to continue and with his replacement being Jack Colback, a re-shuffle will be required for the visitors.
Cheeky from Johnson as he tries his luck at lobbing Krul with a half-volley from several yards out! Krul stops it with ease and normal service resumes, with the home side doing all the pressing.
Bardsley walks off the pitch for some treatment after falling to the ground with an injury niggle. He looks fine to continue shortly, though.
Mignolet collects calmly but his rushed punt downfield travels the length of the pitch and goes off down the other end. McClean is given offside, anyway, so a free kick is given to the home side.
There have been four bookings so far today: Rose of Sunderland and Cisse, Gouffran and Taylor for the hosts. With so long left to go, we may just be seeing several more before full-time. A corner to Newcastle, meanwhile.
Rose uses great strength and determination to hold off yet another Newcastle attack down the right-hand side (his left) and shepherd the ball out for a goal kick.
The hosts get the second period underway! Yann Gouffran has come off for the home side at half-time and has been replaced by the iconic Shola Ameobi.
We are moments away from the second half...
What a vital win this would be for Sunderland. We won't get ahead of ourselves though - there is still a full second half to go. And no one is more famous than Cisse for crucial, late goals. I'm sure you'll agree - the next 45 minutes holds something special in store.
This really is a classic counterattacking, smash and grab display. Is Di Canio the real deal? The next 45 minutes may go a long way to answering that very question. The likes of Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and Yann Gouffran have simply peppered the away goal so far. But all it took was one superb strike from Stephane Sessegnon and all that was deemed irrelevant.
So let's all take a moment to get our breath back. What a thrilling affair it has been. I did promise you as much and we have not been left disappointed! As things stand, though, neutrals-aside there is probably only one set of fans that will be smiling. For all of Newcastle's individual quality on the pitch and collective domination, it is Paolo Di Canio's men who hold the advantage at half-time.
45' + 3'
Yellow Card Steven Taylor
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME! 1-0 to Sunderland at the break!
45' + 2'
And now it has finally kicked off! It seemed inevitable in a Tyne-Weir derby but it took a whole half. A fracas broke out in the Sunderland penalty area after several lunging challenges and Taylor sees himself booked at the end of it.
45' + 1'
Another hero - Mignolet - is at the ready to first stop a shot from curling into the top corner then with a block from a corner.
THREE minutes of added time as a cross into Sissoko almost has the Black Cats back-line worried!
A Debuchy cross enters the visiting penalty area but Bardsley is there to head clear. The former Manchester United defender has been a real hero so far today. Every Newcastle chance seems to have been dealt with by him personally - and he has even taken a kicking from Cisse. What a soldier.
Yellow Card Papiss Cissé
YELLOW CARD! Cisse is booked for a nasty challenge on Bardsley. The Senegalese striker could have seen red for that.
A word from Goal.com's Matt Scott from St James' Park: "Sunderland have been mightily impressive so far, but I have a sneaking suspicion that James McClean could be on the end of a half-time rollicking or subbing. The Irishman has not been great and Paolo Di Canio has just not so candidly voiced his displeasure at the winger's afternoon so far."
CHANCE! Carlos Cuellar comes mightily close from the resultant corner! His header is saved superbly by Krul. How important might that prove? At 2-0, the visitors would have been in dreamland.
Sessegnon is the key man again as the Black Cats finally break out of their own half with a speedy counterattack. The midfielder advances into the Newcastle penalty area but is smothered by effective defending as the ball drifts out for a corner.
The ball has hardly left the Sunderland half since their goal. They are coping extremely well at the back, though. If things stay the same at the break, Pardew will have to give his half-time team talk some serious consideration.
Yellow Card Danny Rose
Disappointment from the ensuing set-piece as a near post delivery is cleared with ease by the Sunderland defenders.
Now Debuchy is down and it is thanks to a clumsy challenge from Rose. The Tottenham defender (on loan at Sunderland) is booked straight away and the home side now have a free kick in a dangerous position near the right corner flag.
Danny Graham is down in the Newcastle penalty area. The forward turned and unleashed a shot - which was saved by Krul - but fell after pressure from a Newcastle defender during the finish. He is being taken off for treatment but the damage does not look too serious.
What a result this would be for the Black Cats. The home side look determined not to let it happen, though. The away fans are going absolutely mad in the stands. A bitter pill to swallow for Pardew's men so far.
Sessegnon's strike is the difference - and what a precise missile of a shot it was. In off the near post; great finish.
It looks as though Di Canio has planned a smash and grab victory and part of that is soaking up a huge amount of pressure. They are doing it well so far and have Mignolet to thank for a number of interventions - but as the hosts crank up the pressure, surely something has to give.
CHANCE! It's Cisse again! The Senegalese striker looks determined to get the home side back into the game but Mignolet produces another top class save. What a fine player this Belgian stopper is.
But Newcastle almost hit back! What a game this is as Cisse sees the ball just roll past the Sunderland post.
Assist James McClean
Goal Stéphane Sessegnon
GOAL! Sessegnon! In true Di Canio style, Sunderland strike against the run of play! A comfortable passage of Newcastle possession is ended as Gutierrez gives the ball away with a sloppy pass. But once the ball finds its way to Sessegnon, there is still so much to do. The attacking midfielder turns superbly, however, and fires a low shot to his left from outside the area which deceives Krul. Magnificent.
Mathieu Debuchy sends a delicious cross into the Sunderland penalty area but Cisse is (correctly) ruled offside before he can meet it.
Johnson is back up and the subsequent free kick is wasted. The home side threaten themselves, however, as Marveaux almost breaks free from a counterattack. Excellent defending from Rose prevents the danger, though, as he uses his pace to superb effect.
Yellow Card Yoan Gouffran
Fouls are starting to take their toll now as Johnson is down injured. Webb has reached for a card for the first time today. Gouffran is booked and the game is slowing down considerably due to all these rash tackles.
Yanga-Mbiwa was the culprit but a cross was hit right next to him and there was nothing he could have done to move his lowered arm away. Correct decision not to even think about giving the spot-kick.
Another penalty appeal for the away side, though a more muted one on this occasion. There was a suspected handball from Johnson's corner. Howard Webb gave nothing, though, and has produced a resolute refereeing display so far.
Another foul from Cabaye in quick succession. A booking may be on the cards if this continues.
The free kick comes to nothing, though, and good defending from Danny Rose straight up the other end forces the hosts into letting the ball go off for another goal kick.
More aggressive challenges as Yohan Cabaye raises his foot to chest height to concede a free kick mid-way through his own half. In fairness, the Frenchman acknowledged his fault immediately but it was a challenge nonetheless indicative of what we have come to expect from these kind of occasions.
Great pace and energy on show from the home side now but good build-up play from Sissoko and Cisse ends in a disappointing pass trickling out of play for a goal kick.
Sensational defending from Taylor during that passage of play - the centre-half headed the ball while lying outstretched on the ground. Acrobatic!
Decisions not given here! First Moussa Sissoko surges towards the visitors' penalty area but is brought down just outside it. No free kick is given. Then the away side advance into the home danger zone and have two sliding tackles bring their players down in the box. Nothing given on that occasion either.
Di Canio showers his team with orders and encouragement as Bardsley takes a throw-in right next to the Italian manager.
Keeper collects! Bardsley sends a looping cross into the Newcastle area but Krul runs to the edge of the box to rise and collect the ball ahead of any visiting attackers. Solid goalkeeping.
The home side are on the attack once again as Gouffran, Tiote and Marveaux apply relentless pressure on the edge of the Sunderland penalty area. The opening ends up with a cross from Tiote sailing just wide.
As expected, the fans are providing some atmosphere out there today.
Mignolet is now in the process of taking yet another goal kick. What fine form the Belgian has been in though, with Sunderland - despite their perilous position - actually ranking ninth in the league for the number of clean sheets. The home side, meanwhile, have the second worst record in terms of clean sheets but Dutch stopper Tim Krul is yet to taste defeat in a Tyne-Weir derby.
Corner to Sunderland! Their first real opening of the game but Johnson's in-swinger is headed away by Gutierrez. The Magpies storm straight up the other end on the break and Gouffran has to be denied in the box by a last ditch tackle from Phil Bardsley.
Almost a big chance for Papiss Cisse! The Senegalese forward is released thanks to a great long ball but Mignolet charges the ball down in the area, coming to collect ahead of the big striker.
The ball reaches the head of Steven Taylor but the centre-back is only able to send his header several yards over the bar. Another goal kick to the visitors.
Now the hosts have the first free kick of the game and are looking to whip it into the area at pace from the right flank.
First blood goes to Newcastle... Well, almost. After holding the majority of possession for a whole two minutes, the Magpies unleash a shot at Simon Mignolet's goal but the best they can do is force a goal kick.
WE'RE OFF! The visitors get us underway - and to a host of boos from the home crowd.
So with kick-off but minutes away, expect the unexpected and prepare for the very best and worst. Every goal, every booking and every moment from Newcastle United versus Sunderland is coming right up here on Goal.com!
Indeed, with those line ups it's safe to say that we are in for a fiery encounter - expect every ball to be fought for but also an attacking edge to the encounter. Di Canio has elected to start with three of his usual wingers - Adam Johnson, Alfred N'Diaye and James McClean - while the hosts have plumped with the creative presences of Yann Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez and Sylvain Marveaux. Both sides will also be hoping that their respective front men - Papiss Cisse for the Magpies and Danny Graham for the Black Cats - can lead them to a vital victory.
And the visitors are lining up like this: Mignolet, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose; Johnson, N'Diaye, Larsson, McClean; Sessegnon; Graham. Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Mangane, Mandron, Laidler.
Today's team news for you, beginning with Newcastle's starting XI: Krul; Debuchy, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez; Tiote, Cabaye; Marveaux, Sissoko, Gouffran; Cisse. The Magpies subs bench, meanwhile, consists of: Elliot, Perch, Haidara, Anita, Ben Arfa, Campbell and Shola Ameobi.
A quick glance at the Premier League table for both sets of fans will hardly make for optimistic reading. Sunderland - in 17th - are level on points with 18th placed Wigan having played a game more. Newcastle, though, are only five points ahead in 13th. Neither club, therefore, can say they are too confident of scraping clear of the relegation mire.
Good morning-soon-to-be-afternoon Goal.com readers and welcome to our LIVE play-by-play coverage of Newcastle United against Sunderland - the Tyne-Wear derby with a difference. I'm Tim Poole and I'll be guiding you through today's action - and what a prospect it promises to be. New Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio will be desperate to guide his side to a much-needed victory in his battle to avoid relegation but in his path stand a Magpies side just as fearful of the drop.
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