Photos: Sunderland fans send plane banner over St James’ Park

Newcastle United had to endure the taunts of their rivals Sunderland via a plane banner.

Sunderland supporters revelled in their recent 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in typically witty fashion, sending a plane over St James’ Park to mark their impressive five derby wins on the spin.

It has been a torrid time for Newcastle of late, as Alan Pardew’s mid-season switch to Crystal Palace has prompted a rapid slide down the Premier League table.

In fact, since the Londoner moved back to the capital, the Magpies have claimed a measly eight points from 12 Premier League fixtures – form which would see them relegated over an entire campaign.

Their recent misery was further compounded when they headed to the Stadium of Light with the objective of ending their wretched run of successive defeats against rivals Sunderland, only to suffer yet another loss.

Jermain Defoe’s wonderful goal separated the two teams and gave the Black Cats’ fans a moment of real joy in an otherwise disappointing season – joy which has seemingly continued to this day.

As the Geordies played host to a decent Spurs side, a Sunderland plane with a banner reading ‘5 in a row’ hovered in the blue skies over St James’ Park – commemorating five straight Tyne-Wear derby wins.

If that wasn’t humiliating enough, it was timed to almost perfection as moments after it became visible during the first-half, Tottenham took the lead through winger Nacer Chadli.

Despite fighting back via Jack Colback, Newcastle's afternoon ended in misery as Spurs prevailed 3-1 and the banner will have served to rub salt in the wounds of the St James' Park faithful.

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