Newcastle notched up their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory in the Tyne and Wear derby.
The Magpies continued their good form in this fixture courtesy of a Ryan Taylor free kick that somehow found its way through the Mackems defence.
Sunderland had started the game brightly in what proved a lively first half but just simply lacked the quality in the final third to trouble Tim Krul. Both Stephane Sessegnon and Asamoah Gyan had great chances but failed to make them count much to the frustrations of the home support.
The big talking point of the first half was when Howard Webb failed to see Seb Larsson’s blatant handball to divert Joey Barton’s goal bound effort. Alan Pardew was clearly not impressed and made his feelings known to the referee at half time.
The second half was a tamer affair and lacked the same intensity of the first which played into Newcastle’s hands and the visitors had a greater control of the game. Both sides huffed and puffed and the breakthrough finally came from a Ryan Taylor free kick after Gutierrez was brought down outside the area.
Steve Bruce will have been disappointed at his team’s failure to stop the free kick and his mood wouldn’t have been lifted by Phil Bardsley late red card. Alan Pardew will be a happy man this evening and 4pts from the opening two games is a solid start for Newcastle United.
See the match day stats from the Stadium of Light here