Five things we learned about Sunderland this weekend

A wonder strike from Fabio Borini gave Gus Poyet three points on his home debut with a much-needed 2-1 win.

Local bragging rights belong to Sunderland after a win in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

Fabio Borini came off the bench to score a spectacular winner, after Steven Fletcher and Mathieu Debuchy had netted for their teams.

Here are five things that were apparent about the hosts in their victory.

Sunderland work hard for their new boss

The Sunderland players were motivated to perform from the first whistle, and it is clear to see that Gus Poyet’s arrival has given them extra belief and determination.

The hosts looked more desperate to win the three points that Newcastle did, and every player in red and white fought for the 50-50 balls.

If Poyet can get his side showing this level of intensity on a weekly basis, the Stadium of Light side will be tough to beat.

Cattermole a reassuring presence

The battling midfielder was ostracised by Paolo Di Canio, but his return to the side adds a reassuring presence in front of the back four.

Cattermole was crucial in breaking up Newcastle attacks and was effective in closing Hatem Ben Arfa’s space in the early exchanges.

A leader and talisman, Cattermole could play a decisive role in Sunderland’s attempts to get out of the bottom three.

Dossena an attacking outlet from left-back

The Italian full-back got through a power of work for his side, endlessly storming up and down the touchline in an impressive performance for the hosts.

Dossena’s engine and attacking intent could well be a real asset for Sunderland, as the former Liverpool man offered an outlet for possession on plenty of occasions.

Fletcher brings a real goal threat

Sunderland had only scored five goals in the Premier League this season before kick off, and it is clear that they need Steven Fletcher to score regularly to stand a chance of getting out of the relegation mire.

The Scotland international certainly has the ability to be a lethal marksman in the Premier League and showed his predatory instinct with the opener.

Keeping Fletcher fit and providing him with chances at goal will be pivotal in Poyet’s tactics this term.

Larsson a key man

Despite homegrown stars Cattermole and Jack Colback doing their part in the Sunderland midfield, Sebastian Larsson had an accomplished game both defensively and going forward.

The Swede’s technical ability and delivery are there for all to see, and he showed the determination and heart to track back well too.

Sunderland will want to see more of the same from the Scandinavian, who is one of the few out-and-out match-winners at Poyet’s disposal.

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