By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Stadium of Light
Sunderland 2 (Fletcher 5, Borini 85)
Newcastle United 1 (Debuchy 58)
Mathieu Debuchy scored his first Newcastle United goal but couldn't prevent the Magpies suffering a 2-1 Tyne-Wear derby defeat away at Sunderland on Sunday.
Steven Fletcher headed the hosts into an early lead at the Stadium of Light when he met Adam Johnson's cross, but Debuchy slotted level 13 minutes into the second half, reacting well to a mishit Hatem Ben Arfa shot.
And, just as the Barclays Premier League fixture looked to be heading for a draw, substitute Fabio Borini stuck one in the top corner from the edge of the box to give the Black Cats their first league win of the season.
Sunderland got off to the best possible start. With less than five minutes on the clock, Johnson worked a short, right-wing corner with Sebastian Larsson, before sending a floated delivery to the far post, where Fletcher rose highest to nod home.
United attempted to respond but only had a pair of long-range, off-target efforts from Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa to show for their early endeavours.
On 16 minutes, Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was called into action for the first time, smothering Cabaye's 25-yard free-kick, which was heading for the bottom corner.
But the Black Cats went straight up the other end, and Tim Krul had to pull off a fine, low stop to keep out Fletcher's half-volley from the edge of the area.
Newcastle were slowly starting to find their feet and Moussa Sissoko crept in round at the far post to challenge Westwood to an angled Cabaye cross, before Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett both tried to force home a corner.
But they were unable to level things up before the break and went in a goal behind.
And it paid off within 13 minutes of the restart as the Magpies levelled through Debuchy.
When Ben Arfa picked up the ball right on the corner of the penalty area, he pulled the trigger with a shanked effort which flew across goal and looked to be heading harmlessly behind.
However, Debuchy snuck in at the far post, completely unmarked, to fire home his first goal for the Club and send 2,800 travelling supporters into delirium.
Buoyed by the equaliser, United promptly went in search of another goal and Cabaye wasn't far away with a 20-yard drive which flew inches the wrong side of the upright.
Black Cats' substitute Fabio Borini almost made an immediate impact on 69 minutes. Having entered the field just seconds earlier, the on-loan Liverpool man sent a low shot at Krul which squirmed through the goalkeeper's hands, only for the Dutchman to recover and save any further embarrassment.
But, with the contest seemingly heading for a draw, Borini was to net the winner with five minutes remaining.
The Italian received a lay-off from Jozy Altidore 25 yards out, took it in his stride and unleashed a shot which swerved just out of Krul's reach.
Sunderland almost gifted Newcastle another equaliser, when John O'Shea misdirected a header and looped it over his own keeper but the back-peddaling Westwood managed to keep it out right on the goalline, and that was the final chance, as the hosts celebrated victory.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood; Phil Bardsley (Ondrej Celustka 77), John O'Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena; Sebastian Larsson, Lee Cattermole (Ki Sung-Yueng 70) , Jack Colback, Adam Johnson (Fabio Borini 69); Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher
Subs not used: Vito Mannone, Valentin Roberge, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko (Papiss Cisse 46), Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 87), Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy (Shola Ameobi 70)
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Bookings: Sunderland - Fletcher (6); Newcastle - Cabaye (28)
Attendance: 46,313 (2,800 Newcastle)