Billy Jones on Sunderland's half-time discussion during Newcastle United match

Sunderland beat Newcastle United 3-0 in the Wear-Tyne derby at the weekend.

Billy Jones has told Sunderland's official website that the squad discussed the importance of the next goal during the half-time interval of their match against Newcastle United at the weekend.

Sunderland went into the break 1-0 up against a 10-man Newcastle team on Sunday, but the whole squad knew that the match was far from over.

As a result, the Black Cats stressed the importance of making sure they scored the next goal - and Jones obliged, by prodding home from a corner, to set his side on their way to a 3-0 victory. 

“We talked about the next goal being massive during half time but we also knew that a clean sheet would win us the game, so the worse-case scenario was 1-0 but, like last week, Yann [M'Vila] got the first contact from the corner and I managed to nick in there," he said. 

“I was worried at the time that I might have been offside and maybe even nicked the goal off Yann, but obviously the pressure was there from the man on the post and he would of cleared it.”

Sunderland's victory over Newcastle turned on a controversial red card decision, which saw Fabricio Coloccini banished from the field.

Newcastle had been on top when they had 11 men on the pitch, but the instant Sunderland grabbed the lead, they always looked the more likely victors.

The 3-0 scoreline may have been slightly flattering on the Wearsiders, but Sam Allardyce will be pleased with how solid his team looked throughout.

Sunderland's defence already looks much better under Allardyce's leadership, and they will be hoping to kick on up the table after picking up their first victory of the season. 

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