St. James' Park
Barclays Premier League
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 0
Sunderland 3 (Borini 19pen, Johnson 23, Colback 80)
Newcastle United suffered a 3-0 home defeat against Sunderland for the second season running on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League.
Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback netted for the Black Cats as they took the honours in the Tyne-Wear derby at St. James' Park
Borini fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after 19 minutes following Vurnon Anita's foul on Phil Bardsley, and less than four minutes later Johnson netted from close range to double the advantage.
Substitute and debutant Luuk de Jong had a couple of good chances, while Cheick Tiote and Shola Ameobi also threatened, but Sunderland put the result beyond any doubt with ten minutes remaining when Colback netted.
Roared on by a vociferous sold out St. James' Park, United raced out of the traps and fashioned an opening with less than two minutes on the clock.
The visitors hit back and defender Marcos Alonso wasted a free header when he connected with Adam Johnson's right-wing free-kick.
Newcastle were soon back on the front foot and Davide Santon curled a 25-yard free-kick straight at Vito Mannone in the Black Cats' goal, but it was Sunderland who broke the deadlock on 19 minutes.
When Johnson picked up the ball up on the right touchline, he chipped the ball between two home players for Bardsley to run on to. Just inside the area, the right-back was bundled over by Anita, with referee Phil Dowd instantly pointing to the spot.
And Borini did the honours, placing the penalty into the top left-hand corner of the net past Tim Krul's despairing dive.
Less than four minutes later, the visitors were two up. Jack Colback ran at the home defence before seeing his deflected shot across the face of blocked by Krul.
However, the stopper could only claw it into the path of Johnson, who swept home from a couple of yards.
The Magpies were stunned and tried to respond but were restricted to long range efforts as they struggled to break down a stubborn Sunderland rearguard.
With half-time approaching, Shola Ameobi twice had half-chance but failed to get enough power on his first shot, which Mannone comfortably dealt with, before skying another effort into the Gallowgate.
New signing Luuk de Jong was introduced at half-time in place of Sammy Ameobi, with the Magpies reverting to a 4-4-2 formation
And the Dutch international striker tested Mannone with a low strike early on, following neat build-up play involving Anita and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Johnson curled a free-kick narrowly over the top for the visitors after Cheick Tiote had fouled Ki Sung-Yueng 20 yards out, while Colback was even closer with a left-footed shot across the face of goal on the hour mark.
Only an outstanding save from Mannone prevented Newcastle halving the deficit on 64 minutes. Tiote picked his spot from distance and the ball was flying towards the top corner until the intervention of the former Arsenal man's fingertips.
From the resulting corner Shola Ameobi powered a header agonisingly wide and it looked as though the hosts were building momentum.
But Sunderland - and Johnson - provided an instant reminder of their threat; the winger skipping in off the right touchline to bend the ball against the woodwork with Krul beaten.
De Jong was denied again by Mannone with 20 minutes remaining, before Shola Ameobi again brought the best out of the stopper.
Taking Krul's long, diagonal free-kick on his chest, he then attempted to lift the ball over Mannone, only to see his path blocked.
United were piling the pressure on but Sunderland soaked it up and hit the hosts with a third goal in the 80th minute.
Ben Arfa surrendered possesion on the halfway line and as the Black Cats broke, Colback found the top corner with a fine finish.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 64); Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 74), Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c);Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi (Luuk de Jong 46)
Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea (c), Wes Brown, Marcos Alonso; Liam Bridcutt, Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yueng; Fabio Borini (Craig Gardner 89), Jozy Altidore, Adam Johnson (Sebastian Larsson 77)
Subs not used: Oscar Ustari, Santiago Vergini, Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham, Ignacio Scocco
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Bookings: Newcastle - Santon (31), Dummett (88); Sunderland - O'Shea (12), Borini (20)