Yesterday marked the six-year-anniversary of Paulo Di Canio’s first game in charge of Sunderland and it was certainly one to remember for Black Cats fans as they thrashed bitter rivals Newcastle 3-0 at St James’s Park.
On a day when Mohamed Salah scored a wonder goal for Liverpool, Sunderland fans were reminded of David Vaughan’s own screamer, as he rounded off the comprehensive win with a vicious swerving shot that nestled in the top corner of the net, sending the travelling fans housed in the top of the stadium into delirium.
The match itself followed on three days after Newcastle had been knocked out of the Europa League by Benfica, while Sunderland were embroiled in a relegation battle and had turned to the erratic Italian to save them.
The Black Cats opened the scoring in the first-half through Stephane Sessegnon as he drove a shot past Tim Krul. The Magpies thought they had equalised in the second half when Papiss Cisse headed in a Yohan Cabaye free-kick but the goal was a disallowed for offside.
Sunderland punished the Toon by grabbing a second with Adam Johnson bending a shot into the far corner. Vaughan then wrapped it up to trigger a run of six derby victories in a row for Sunderland, which was only ended by an Aleksander Mitrovic goal in a 1-1 draw at St James’s Park in the 2016/17 season.
Sunderland fans therefore cheered themselves up after a 5-4 defeat at home to Coventry by remembering Vaughan’s screamer. Here’s what they’ve been saying on Twitter…
@EllyDon27 salah tryna copy vaughny. No one beats this
— Kelly Salmon (@kellysalmonx) April 14, 2019
The roof nearly came off in Quinn’s Bar
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) April 14, 2019
Pure passion. What a game!
— Philip Guard (@PhilipGuard) April 14, 2019
Bloody amazing day!!! #dirtyknees
— greyskullg (@gillianigg) April 14, 2019
Bring them good times back?
— Jake (@Jake07782283) April 14, 2019
Wow what scenes
— alan mcguinness (@alanmcguinness9) April 14, 2019