The Black Cats clinched their third successive Tyne-Wear derby victory when Adam Johnson’s late strike rewarded Gus Poyet’s side the three points.
Having had the best opportunities in the game, Sunderland deserved the victory, and Alan Pardew’s men had few chances to truly score themselves. No one could deny the Black Cats deserved praise for their performance, and they really should have been in the lead earlier, when Jordi Gomez missed a clear cut chance to give his teammates the advantage.
It is hard to blame Newcastle for feeling hard done by at the end of the game, with the late goal denying the Magpies a chance to recover from consecutive four-goal defeats to Arsenal and Tottenham, although Toon legend Mick Quinn feels as if the side were set up to not capitalise on their strengths - thus activelyWritin playing into Sunderland’s hands.
Writing in the Chronicle, Quinn said: “This pains me to say it, but Sunderland were the better team overall.
“We started too slowly and by the time Newcastle got into the game, they should have been ahead, perhaps even by a couple.”
Although starting too slowly could be put down to the pressures of the St James’ Park crowd during the Tyne-Wear derby, Quinn is blaming Pardew’s setting up of the side for the Magpies defeat.
“The midfield was too deep,” he continued. “I was screaming at the television for them to push up.
“It only really happened when Yoan Gouffran went off and Moussa Sissoko had a bit more leeway to get forward, and then he came close to scoring.
“I didn’t think the balance in our team was right.
“I have a lot of time for Ayoze Perez, but I wouldn’t have started him in the middle. Papiss Cisse should have been in there and when he wasn’t, should have been put on a lot earlier than he got.”
Having netted two goals against Chelsea a few weeks previously, many expected Cisse to start the game and capitalise upon his good form. However, he could only take to the field for the final 15 minutes and he failed to register a single shot. There were some tactical errors committed by Pardew in the run up to the game, and maybe the pressure placed back on his head following the game was well deserved.