By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Sunderland 1 (Ba og 85)
Newcastle United 1 (Cabaye 3)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+4mins: Full-time - Sunderland 1 Newcastle 1 and having played for most of the game with ten men that's a good result for the Magpies even if they will be disappointed to have conceded so late.
90mins: There will be four minutes added on.
89mins: Saha holds the ball up to tee up McClean, whose low shot whistles across goal. Newcastle are on the ropes now having been a man down for so long and there will be a fair bit of stoppage time to come.
86mins: Yohan Cabaye becomes the latest player booked for a foul as the game hots up once again.
85mins - SUNDERLAND GOAL (1-1): Larsson's free-kick is headed goalwards by John O'Shea and takes a nick off Demba Ba to beat Tim Krul. The Stadium of Light erupts as the Black Cats have the equaliser that looked as if it might not come.
84mins: Mike Williamson is booked for a late tackle on Saha.
82mins: Was that the chance for Sunderland? Larsson's corner is flicked on by McClean and Saha arrives at the far post from six yards. The net ripples - but it's the side-netting as the ex-Newcastle striker sees a golden opportunity go begging. Martin O'Neill now brings on David Vaughan for the disappointing Adam Johnson.
81mins: A swift United break sees Cabaye head the ball into the path of Ben Arfa, who strides forwards before playing in Ba but his shot is blocked by Cuellar. Newcastle had three men sprinting upfield in that attack - they know a second goal would wrap it up.
79mins: Larsson's corner is punched partially clear by Krul, who then makes an important block as the ball comes back in before Coloccini gets it away. However that's the Argentine's last action of the game as he comes off to be replaced by Steven Taylor, who receives hostile welcome from the home fans.
74mins: The game's opening up now and Cabaye's superb pass is latched onto by Ba, who knocks it past Mignolet but just can't keep his feet to take the ball into the net. At the other end Gardner sees a strike deflected over but once again, United deal with the set-piece. Fabricio Coloccini goes down with what looks like cramp, leading Steven Taylor to warm up, but the skipper looks like he'll be able to carry on.
72mins: Perch wins the ball from McClean with a superb challenge and then picks up the ball from Ben Arfa and playing in Ba. The striker is forced wide but drills in a low cross which narrowly evades Perch, who had continued his run into the box.
71mins: McClean gets in a low cross from the left which Krul fumbles but gathers at the second attempt as Saha tries to pounce.
69mins: Danny Rose wins a free-kick for what looked like a nothing tackle by Ben Arfa and Coloccini is booked for protesting. Larsson takes the free-kick but although he gets it over the wall, unlike Ryan Taylor he can't get it on target as it goes wide.
65mins: McClean lets from from 25 yards but Coloccini sticks out a leg to deflect it wide. Sunderland bring off Stephane Sessegnon, who has been quiet, and replace him with Louis Saha just before Danny Simpson clears Larsson's corner.
61mins: With the Newcastle fans in full voice as they enjoy being ahead, the Sunderland fans try to get behind their team and they make quite a racket too. Can their team respond?
55mins: Right now Newcastle look organised and solid. There are plenty of tackles flying in from both sides but the home supporters are beginning to get a little frustrated at their side's inability to fashion a clear-cut chance against Newcastle's ten men.
47mins: Larsson sends over a deep cross and Sunderland's Steven Fletcher heads wide under plenty of pressure.
46mins: Newcastle get the second half started as they look to complete a second successive victory at the Stadium of Light.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+3mins: It's half-time and Newcastle lead through Yohan Cabaye's early goal. They had been on top until Cheick Tiote was shown a straight red card but have remained dogged and determined to go into the break in front.
45+1mins: James McClean sees a 20 yard strike deflected wide and Tim Krul claims the corner well. The hosts have largely been restricted to shots from distance even sice United went down to ten men.
45mins: There will be a minimum of three minutes of added time at the end of the half.
43mins: Sessegnon and Johnson combine well for Sunderland right up until the shot fromv Johnson, which sails well over the bar.
41mins: A clever corner from Newcastle sees Cabaye roll the ball along the ground where Hatem Ben Arfa steps over it and Cabaye shoots. His effort is blocked but diverts to Ba, who attempts an audacious overhead kick which goes over the bar.
39mins: The scourge of Sunderland for so many years, Shola Ameobi, won't have a chance to add another derby goal to his record. He's came off for James Perch, with Alan Pardew needing to bolster the midfield due to Tiote's red card. Hopefully Shola has already done enough.
35: Craig Gardner won a free-kick 25 yards out after Cabaye's challenge and the ex-Birmingham man stepped up to take it. His effort looked like it was going in but whistled agonisingly wide of goal with Krul at full stretch.
32: Jack Colback, the Geordie boy who plays for Sunderland, found himself with a chance of a shot inside the box but mishit it somewhat and was pleased to see it roll to Adam Johnson, who went for a curler but just couldn't quite bend his effort on target.
31mins: Santon wins a free-kick on the left after a great run was unfairly halted and Cabaye takes the free-kick, but curls it wide.
25mins: In recent years it's been Sunderland whose players have seen red in this fixture, but today it's Cheick Tiote who is sent off for United. The midfielder was being hassled by Jack Colback and referee Martin Atkinson had just blown for a free-kick to United but then the Ivorian then followed through on Steven Fletcher, who writhed around in agony but was back on his feet by the time Tiote disappeared down the tunnel. It's the second red card of his Newcastle career and that could have a big say in the momentum of this game, which Newcastle had controlled until now.
20mins: A free-kick from goalscorer Cabaye forces Mingolet to push the ball over the crossbar to prevent it from nestling in the back of the net. It's nervy and tense but the Magpies are the better side so far and have that all-important lead.
17mins: Since the goal there has been little in the way of incident as Newcastle have expertly taken the sting out of the game. However it has suddenly exploded into life with chances at each end. First Sebastian Larsson's free-kick was well gathered by Tim Krul as it threatened to creep into the bottom corner then, as the keeper set United on the counter attack, Davide Santon swung in a high, hanging cross and Shola Ameobi saw a shot blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
3mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (0-1): Alan Pardew's side had made the brighter start and they have their reward already. Having forced the first corner of the game a minute or so earlier, another Magoies attack saw Demba Ba take advantage of a Sunderland slip and get in a low shot which Simon Mignolet parried. However, Yohan Cabaye was following in and tucked away the loose ball to send the away fans wild.
1min: Both teams came out to the sight of red and white cards help up by the home fans and a fantastic noise, with the atmosphere having been building for more than an hour within the stadium. The Newcastle fans are in the top tier but they can clearly be heard along with the Sunderland supporters. United are in their fluo-lime change kit with Sunderland in their normal attire and we're now underway.
Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, John O'Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Danny Rose; Adam Johnson (David Vaughan 82), Jack Colback, Sebastian Larsson, James McClean; Stephane Sessegnon (Louis Saha 65); Steven Fletcher
Subs not used: Kieren Westwood, Phil Bardsley, Matt Kilgallon, David Meyler, Frazier Campbell
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Steven Taylor 79), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa (Gabriel Obertan 83), Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (James Perch 39), Demba Ba