Sunderland won their sixth straight North East derby with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, a result which Gary Lineker suggests doesn’t reflect the nature of how the game went.
Sam Allardyce’s men were cautious, though defensively well organised against a Newcastle United side who were full of confidence and evidently enjoyed the better openings.
However, defender Fabriccio Coloccini was adjudged to have fouled Steven Fletcher on the stroke of half-time and the game changed as a penalty and ensuing red card were issued.
The hosts made their numerical advantage pay, adding to their penalty conversion with two more second-half strikes to round off a 3-0 win, a result BBC pundit Gary Lineker suggests is misleading.
3-0 to Sunderland. If ever a scoreline didn't tell a story.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) octubre 25, 2015
While Sunderland can bask in the glory of defeating their rivals for a record sixth straight time, even their most ardent supporters will admit that the game hinged one huge controversial call.
Did Colocinni commit a foul? Even if he did, there is no way that should have been a red card.
Newcastle were up until that stage the better team, and they themselves had a big penalty call turned down when it appeared Lee Cattermole handled the ball inside his own area.
Moreover, the Magpies dominated chances and even after half-time, they could have forced an equaliser when Aleksandar Mitrovic spurned a great chance before Billy Jones added the hosts’ second.
Still, it’s the result which ultimately matters and at the end of the day, Sunderland have just defeated their biggest rivals 3-0 and took a huge psychological step in their bid to beat the drop.