Substitute Fabio Borini’s late strike helped Sunderland to a 2-1 win over fierce rivals Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby and lifted them off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Newcastle slowly grew into the match but struggled to create anything of note until they were gifted a route back into the match when Hatem Ben Arfa’s tame shot rolled across the penalty area where Debuchy arrived unmarked to tuck home from inside the six yard box.
But Borini lashed past Krul with a superb outswinging drive with just five minutes remaining to secure Sunderland’s first win of the season, although they were lucky not to concede a freak equaliser when John O’Shea’s header almost looped over Keiren Westwood in the final minute.
The victory moved the Black Cats onto four points in the league, taking them above managerless Crystal Palace in the process.
5’ – GOAL: Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle: Adam Johnson stands a cross up to the backpost and Steven Fletcher attacks it with real determination. If anyone wanted an example of the classic line 'he wanted it more than anyone else', then that was it. Huge goal for Sunderland.
57’ – GOAL: Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle: A stray ball struck by Ben Arfa rolls innocently across the Newcastle box. It's easy for Sunderland to deal with but they all switch off. In runs Debuchy to prod home from two yards. Shocking defending. The Toon are back in it!
84’ – GOAL: Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle: Altidore, with his back to goal, feeds Borini. The Italian lashes an outswinging shot which Krul can only get a faint touch as it flies into the net. Cracking strike. Is that the winner?
89’ – CHANCE: John O'Shea, who has barely put a foot wrong, gets caught under the ball and his header loops over Westwood. Surely this can't go in? No! The keeper recovers to save the former United man's blushes.
Sunderland have won just one of their opening nine games for the second season in succession (Opta)
Both of Fabio Borini's Premier League goals have come against Newcastle United (Opta)
TALKING POINT: Can Sunderland turn their season around? It looked as though Sunderland were destined for the Championship after their 4-0 trouncing at Swansea, but they responded against their bitter rivals and deservedly took the three points. They are still four points adrift from safety but there’s renewed hope around the Stadium of Light that they clamber to safety.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jack Colback (Sunderland): Borini and Altidore will take the plaudits but Colback was immense in the middle. Made Tiote and Cabaye look very average, which is no easy feat.
Sunderland: Westwood 7, Bardsley 7, Dossena 6, O'Shea 7, Cuellar 7, Cattermole 7, Colback 8, Larsson 7, Johnson 6, Altidore 8, Fletcher 7... Subs: Ki 6, Celustka 6, Borini 8.
Newcastle: Krul 5, Debuchy 5, Santon 6, Williamson 5, Dummett 4, Sissoko 5, Cabaye 4, Tiote 5, Gouffran 6, Ben Arfa 6, Remy 6... Subs: Cisse 4, Sh Ameobi 7, Sa Ameobi 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Fabio Borini
- Hatem Ben Arfa