Gary Lineker reacts on Twitter to Wear-Tyne derby result

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Sunderland defeated rivals Newcastle United 3-0.

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.

The Black Cats came into the fixture winless in nine Premier League games and having the joint-worst defensive record, two facts which largely influenced the way they played.

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.

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.

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