Paulo di Canio secured his first win as a Premier League manager in a fiercely contested Tyne- Wear derby on Sunday as his side beat Newcastle 3- 0. The manager lost his first match to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and was seeking to prove his worth with the next match.
Goals from Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan secured the victory for the Black Cats. They have now moved three points clear of the drop zone.
The match started with both teams having their fair share of chances. Papiss Cisse almost put away Mapou Yanga- Mbiwa’s lob before Steven Taylor was caught in possession by Sessegnon, who was in on goal.
Moments later, Danny Graham was clearly pulled back by Taylor in the six- yard box. Webb, however, waved away their appeal for a spot- kick, a decision which didn’t go down well with the visitors.
The Black Cats were rewarded for their commitment when Sessegnon shot past Tim Krul after Jonas Gutierrez carelessly gave possession away in the midfield. Sessegnon received the ball from James McClean and managed to shrug off two challenges before his shot from the edge of the area got past Krul.
Cisse, attempting to even things out, was twice denied by Simon Mignolet.
Newcastle nearly found itself further behind before the break as Carlos Cuellar attempted to put one past Krul. Things did not go as planned, though.
After the break, Newcastle’s persistence for an equaliser got more serious with the introduction of Shola Ameobi. That notwithstanding, Mignolet was in top shape,denying Cisse a well-sought shot at goal.
Alan Pardew then sent in Hatem Ben Arfa, whose direct header went off target. Shortly after, Cisse’s shot from Debuchy’s low cross went wide.
After soaking up the pressure, Di Canio’s side landed the killer blow as Johnson’s sensational curling effort gave substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot no chance from 30- yard. Shortly after, Sessegnon found Vaughan on the left- hand corner of the area before the Welsh international cracked a screamer into the top corner with the outside of his left boot to earn Sunderland a shock derby victory.