Steven Fletcher put the icing on Sunderland’s Wear-Tyne derby cake with a tidy volley which sealed his side a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, and a first victory for manager Sam Allardyce this afternoon.
As 10-man Newcastle pushed forward in their attempts to get back into the game, the Black Cats countered and defender Younes Kaboul expertly picked out Fletcher to rifle past Rob Elliot.
Kaboul has been criticised by fans for his performances since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, as the Daily Mail reports, and today was surely his best moment in a Sunderland shirt.
An Adam Johnson penalty – after Fabricio Coloccini had been sent off for a blatant barge on Fletcher inside the box- and Billy Jones’s maiden Sunderland goal had done the earlier damage for the hosts.
Allardyce follows predecessors Gus Poyet and Paolo Di Canio in beating the Magpies in his second game in charge of the Black Cats, who move off the bottom of the Premier League table with their first win of the season, although both of the North-East clubs, level on six points, remain in the relegation zone.
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