Sunderland finally produced their first win of the season at the 9th time of asking on Sunday afternoon, besting rivals Newcastle 2-1 in the Tyne-Wear Derby at the Stadium Of Light. The Black Cats were always up for the match and took only 5 minutes to pounce when Steven Fletcher rose high at the back post to head home after a well-worked corner routine and give the home side the advantage.
The 1-0 lead was one Sunderland maintained for quite a while as well until some slick passing from the Magpies combined with poor marking at the back to lead to Mathieu Debuchy’s equalizing tap-in on 57 minutes.
That match became a rather scrappy affair after Newcastle-s goal and seemed to be heading towards a 1 all draw when 2nd half Sunderland substitute Fabio Borini linked up with Jozy Altidore and unleashed a real corker of a strike that flew into the top right corner of Tim Krul’s goal to regain the lead for Sunderland. The Stadium Of Light let out a massive cheer for the goal with several grateful Sunderland supporters spilling onto the pitch to congratulate Borini on his goal, which went on to be the match winner as Sunderland claimed their first 3 points of the season and the expense of the old rival, whom they defeated for the 2nd consecutive time.
Sunderland: at Hull City (EPL)
Newcastle United: vs. Manchester City (Capital One/League Cup)