Sunday brought yet another Wear-Tyne derby to forget for Newcastle United fans. They must now be expecting a defeat every time they face Sunderland.
It could all have been quite different, of course, had the Magpies capitalised on some of their early possession. At one stage, the away side had fashioned eight attempts at goal compared to just one for Sunderland.
But it yielded nothing and, on the stroke of half-time, Captain Disaster Fabricio Coloccini decided to barge Steven Fletcher rather unnecessarily inside his own penalty area.
The Argentine was duly sent off and a spot-kick awarded. Both decisions have since been heavily disputed but there has been a consensus that the 33-year-old should never have been in that position in the first place. What was he doing?
He wasn't the only man Newcastle fans blamed after the Sunderland thrashing, however. Steve McClaren naturally came into the firing line and so did one of the midfielders he bizarrely started.
Indeed, Cheick Tiote had only played 45 minutes this season prior to facing the Black Cats. It was a half that saw him booked and then substituted. Against Sunderland, he was... booked and then substituted.
Here's how Newcastle fans reacted on Twitter to Tiote's poor display!
I like that we kept on attacking, but we need to flog Tiote & sort that defence in January if that's the style we're going for. #nufc— Kind of a big deal (@grahamcrosby) October 25, 2015
Side note but don't think Tiote should have started. Good pass from Defoe for pen but allowed so much time as Tiote was miles off pace #NUFC— Davis Reader (@DavisReader) October 25, 2015
I don't blame anyone apart from Coloccini and Steve McClaren. Tiote and Dummet should of never started either. #nufc— Akin Şahin (@A_sahin09) October 25, 2015
No hindsight required. Dont start Tiote. Colo is a liability. We don't have a leader. #nufc— Graeme Houghton (@Howters) October 25, 2015
Right take tiote off as he's a liability, get the heads back up, then just keep the attacking football going #nufc— David Gough (@DaveNoddyGough) October 25, 2015