By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 0
Sunderland 3 (Sessegnon 28, Johnson 74, Vaughan 82)
Newcastle United tasted Tyne-Wear derby defeat for the first time in four-and-a-half- years, as Sunderland recorded a 3-0 victory at St. James' Park on Sunday.
Goals from Stephane Sessegnon, Andrew Johnson and David Vaughan earned the Black Cats all three points, their first maximum haul against United since October 2008.
Sessegnon broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a low drive and had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to thank for keeping them level with a string of fine saves.
The Magpies thought they had leveled through a Papiss Cisse close-range finish, only for an offside flag to cut their celebrations short. And the visitors made them pay as Johnson and Vaughan both produced outstanding strikes to put the result beyond any doubt.
A miserable afternoon was made even worse at the sight of United stopper Tim Krul being forced off with what looked like a shoulder injury, having landed awkwardly.
Chances were at a premium in the opening exchanges, which were full of effort and endeavour but with precious little end product from either side. Cisse was inches away from latching on to a long ball over the top from Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on six minutes but that was it for penalty area excitement.
However, that all changed when the visitors broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark, Sessegnon receiving the ball in the middle of the park and riding the challenges of Jonas Gutierrez and Steven Taylor before sending a low 20-yard strike past the full-stretch dive of Krul.
St. James' Park was stunned and that jolt immediately sparked the hosts into life.
Cisse was twice denied by Mignolet in as many minutes, first in a one-on-one situtation from a lofted Sylvain Marveaux delivery, and then with a strike that looked to be heading for the bottom corner until the intervention of the Belgian stopper's fingertips.
Gouffran was next to try his luck but send a difficult header straight at Mignolet, while at the other end Krul got down well to smother a Danny Graham strike.
The visitors could - and probably should - have doubled their advantage five minutes before the break, but Krul did brilliantly to parry Cuellar's header after the centre-back found himself with the freedom of the penalty area to meet Sebastian Larsson's left-wing corner.
But they were dealt a huge blow just ten minutes after the restart when Krul stayed down after landing awkwardly on his right shoulder while clawing away a cross. The Dutch number one was replaced by Rob Elliot.
United were soon back on the front foot and another flying Mignolet stop kept out Cisse, who took a touch and tried his luck from just outside the area.
They had the ball in the back of the net seconds late, in the 61st minute, Cisse tapping home Sissoko's flick, but an assistant's flag cut the Magpies' joy short, deeming the striker to have strayed offside.
Pardew rolled the dice for the third and final time two minutes later, introducing Hatem Ben Arfa and the French international had a glorious chance to level things up soon after.
Starting the move off with a jinking run through the heart of the Sunderland midfield, Ben Arfa spread the ball out wide to Marveaux and drove forward into the box.
When Marveaux's deep delivery was headed back across the face of goal by Mathieu Debuchy, Ben Arfa met it but could only nod over the top.
The home side were in the ascendency and Cisse hooked a Sissoko pass narrowly wide at the near post as they went in search of an equaliser.
But Sunderland hit them on the counter attack in the 74th minute with a brilliant Johnson strike.
Receiving the ball wide on the right there looked to be little on for the former Manchester City man. But he was allowed to cut inside and raced to the edge of the area before curling a glorious strike past the helpless Elliot.
They could have had more - Elliot tipping Alfred N'Diaye's angled drive away for a corner - before it was finally game over in the 82nd minute.
Sessegnon drove into the final third before playing a simple pass into the path of substitute Vaughan. The midfielder's subsequent shot was anything but simple, driving a rising, outside-of-the-boot finish into the top corner.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 57); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Hatem Ben Arfa 63); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 46); Papiss Cisse
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley (Jack Colback 54), Carlos Cuellar (Kader Mangane 71), John O'Shea (c), Danny Rose; Alfred N'Diaye, Sebastian Larsson; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, James McClean (David Vaughan 65); Danny Graham
Subs not used: Kieren Westwood, Matthew Kilgallon, Jordan Laidler, Mikael Mandron
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Bookings: Newcastle - Gouffran (24), Cisse (43), Taylor (45); Sunderland - Rose (37)