Premier League - Newcastle thump Sunderland
Sun, 31 Oct 15:23:00 2010
Nolan opened the scoring with an acrobatic volley in the 26th minute, then doubled his tally eight minutes later with an opportunist finish.
Shola Ameobi dispatched a spot kick with aplomb on the stroke of half-time after Nedum Onuoha brought down Jonas Gutierrez, and the Argentine drew another rash challenge from Titus Bramble in the second half as the defender compounded his side's misery with a red card against his old club.
Ameobi grabbed his second with an emphatic volleyed finish in the 70th minute, before the Newcastle skipper sealed a stunning hat-trick five minutes later to crown a resounding victory over his side's arch rivals with Darren Bent grabbing a stoppage-time consolation for the demoralised visitors.
Chris Hughton welcomed back his big guns after resting nine players in midweek, while his counterpart Steve Bruce stuck with the same line-up which faced Aston Villa, and the previously under-fire Newcastle boss saw his judgement vindicated.
A typically vociferous atmosphere greeted the players as they emerged from the tunnel, and a frantic opening ensued as both sides looked to stamp their authority on proceedings from the outset.
The match began at an electric pace, and it was the visitors who created the first clear-cut opportunity as Bramble rose high to head wide from Jordan Henderson's corner in the fourth minute.
Another glorious chance was squandered by a defender in the 23rd minute as Fabricio Coloccini somehow failed to convert a follow up chance from close range despite Black Cats goalkeeper Simon Mignolet being stranded after parrying away Andy Carroll's initial header.
Three minutes later Nolan opened the scoring with a clinical overhead kick, picking out the top corner of the Sunderland net from a loose ball after Carroll had challenged two defenders inside the penalty area.
It was a stunning finish from the opportunist midfielder, and eight minutes later the Newcastle skipper grabbed his second with a close-range finish after ghosting in at the back post to convert Carroll's low drive across the six-yard box.
Steve Bruce was apoplectic with rage on the touchline, and the Black Cats boss acted swiftly to introduce record-signing Asamoah Gyan in a tactical switch which saw Ahmed El Mohamady's afternoon cut abruptly short.
But it got worse for the visitors seconds later as Onuoha hauled down the marauding Gutierrez inside the box, and Ameobi swaggered up to bludgeon a fierce finish into the bottom corner of the net with aplomb.
The Sunderland players no doubt received a fearful rollicking from their manager at the break, but within eight minutes of the restart their afternoon took another significant turn for the worse.
Bramble lunged in recklessly on Gutierrez as the Argentine hurtled down the left at pace and, although it did not appear to warrant a straight red card, referee Phil Dowd had been consistently harsh all game.
The play lurched from one end to the other in a chaotic second half, but it was Newcastle who added to their tally in the 70th minute as the hosts capitalised on their numerical advantage.
Danny Simpson sped down the right and whipped over a devilish delivery which Carroll thundered against the crossbar with a powerful header, and Ameobi was on hand to hammer home an emphatic volley.
Five minutes later, Nolan capped an inspired display as Ameobi flicked on Barton's corner and the Newcastle skipper proceeded to turn the ball past the helpless Mignolet and apply the proverbial icing on the cake.
Those among the travelling supporters who had resisted the urge to stream out of the exits witnessed a fleeting response as Bent rose above Carroll to head beyond Tim Krul from Steed Malbranque's cross, but it was scant consolation.
The win takes Newcastle up to seventh spot and above their rivals, while for Steve Bruce the afternoon to forget sees his side drop to 12th in the table as a result of the comprehensive defeat.Dan Quarrell / Eurosport