Sunderland 0-3 Newcastle: Magpies make easy work of Black Cats in Wear-Tyne derby

5 January 2024 0 By Total Football News

Newcastle United ended their dismal recent run of form to reach the FA Cup fourth round with a comfortable win over arch-rivals Sunderland in the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.

The first meeting between Sunderland and Newcastle since March 2016 was played out in a predictably passionate and intense atmosphere but Eddie Howe’s side stamped their Premier League superiority on the occasion to end a sequence of seven defeats in their past eight games.

Newcastle broke the deadlock after 35 minutes when Dan Ballard sliced Joelinton’s cross into his own net while Championship side Sunderland were undone by another defensive calamity seconds after half-time, Miguel Almiron robbing Pierre Ekwah to set up Alexander Isak’s simple finish.

Sunderland rallied, keeper Martin Dubravka saving from Ekwah’s deflected shot, while Alex Pritchard glanced an effort against the bar and forced another fine stop from the Slovakian.

But the final word went to the visitors as Isak scored from the spot, with Newcastle’s first win over the Black Cats since 2011 ensuring they travelled the 13 miles back to Tyneside with renewed optimism.

Newcastle stop the rot

The sight of Newcastle’s players and staff posing for photographs in front of their jubilant fans inside the Stadium of Light after the final whistle was not simply a celebration of local derby supremacy against Sunderland but an illustration of the wider significance of this victory.

Newcastle would have been nursing a few nerves as they made the short journey to Wearside for an FA Cup tie that carried some of the hallmarks of a giant-killing given the Premier League side’s recent wretched form.

Instead, Newcastle cruised through virtually untroubled, with the huge gulf between the sides soon in evidence as Sunderland struggled to gain any sort of meaningful possession.

Bruno Guimaraes ruled the central areas while Anthony Gordon was a constant threat in the wide positions.

Newcastle were helped by a catalogue of errors in Sunderland’s defence but they were more than worthy winners and should have inflicted an even heavier defeat on the neighbours.

There was another injury blow when Joelinton limped off, which was the big negative, but this performance and result was the perfect tonic after the stickiest spell of Howe’s reign so far.

Newcastle have been knocked out of the Champions League and EFL Cup in recent weeks, as well as struggling in the league, so the pressure of results was mounting on Howe, if nothing else.

He will hope the controlled manner in which they subdued then overpowered Sunderland will provide a platform to revive a season that has been in danger of going off the rails.

Disappointment for Sunderland

Sunderland fans flooded to the Stadium of Light hours before kick-off in anticipation of a landmark performance and victory against their old rivals – instead the occasion fell flat.

It was an encounter played out amid heavy security, with a vast police presence around the ground as fleets of buses brought in 6,000 Newcastle fans.

The game started amid a cacophony as well as pre-match pyrotechnics but the noise levels were reduced as it became clear Sunderland, perfectly understandably, were not in the same class as their Premier League opponents.

What was surprising was the lack of intensity in Sunderland’s play despite the magnificent atmosphere and backing from the Black Cats’ fans, and their inability to make any physical and footballing impression on a Newcastle side who looked bigger and stronger as well as the superior team.

Sunderland’s cause was not helped by their tendency to play out from the back even in the most dangerous situations, leading directly to Ekwah’s error that gifted Newcastle a second goal moments after the break, effectively wrecking their hopes of a comeback.

New manager Michael Beale will now turn his attentions back to the play-off places in the Championship – but this was undoubtedly a big anti-climax for Sunderland.

Player of the match

AlmirónMiguel Almirón

with an average of 8.38


  1. Squad number5Player nameBallard

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  2. Squad number21Player namePritchard

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  3. Squad number1Player namePatterson

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  4. Squad number13Player nameO’Nien

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  5. Squad number17Player nameBa

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  6. Squad number7Player nameBellingham

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  7. Squad number24Player nameNeil

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  8. Squad number42Player nameAlese

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  9. Squad number32Player nameHume

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  10. Squad number15Player nameRusyn

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  11. Squad number20Player nameClarke

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  12. Squad number39Player nameEkwah

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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

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  2. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

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  3. Squad number14Player nameIsak

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  4. Squad number10Player nameGordon

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  5. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

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  6. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

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  7. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

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  8. Squad number4Player nameBotman

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  9. Squad number5Player nameSchär

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  10. Squad number33Player nameBurn

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  11. Squad number67Player nameMiley

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  12. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

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  13. Squad number21Player nameLivramento

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  14. Squad number3Player nameDummett

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  15. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

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  16. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Patterson
  • 32HumeBooked at 39mins
  • 13O’NienBooked at 78mins
  • 5BallardBooked at 88mins
  • 42Alese
  • 39Ekwah
  • 24Neil
  • 21PritchardBooked at 61mins
  • 7Bellingham
  • 20Clarke
  • 15RusynSubstituted forBaat 85′minutes


  • 6Pembélé
  • 9Silva Semedo
  • 11Burstow
  • 17Ba
  • 22Aouchiche
  • 23Seelt
  • 25Triantis
  • 30Bishop
  • 31Rigg


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 2Trippier
  • 5SchärSubstituted forLascellesat 90+2′minutes
  • 4Botman
  • 33BurnSubstituted forDummettat 90+2′minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Bruno GuimarãesBooked at 72mins
  • 7JoelintonSubstituted forMileyat 47′minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forLivramentoat 90+2′minutes
  • 14Isak
  • 10GordonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forRitchieat 90+2′minutes


  • 3Dummett
  • 6Lascelles
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Karius
  • 20Hall
  • 21Livramento
  • 63Parkinson
  • 67Miley
Craig Pawson

Match Stats

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Match ends, Sunderland 0, Newcastle United 3.

Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Newcastle United 3.