Photo: Sunderland fans mock Newcastle’s relegation

Sunderland and Newcastle United went toe-to-toe in their battle to stay up.

Sunderland supporters mocked Newcastle United’s relegation to the Championship by flying a banner over St. James’ Park reading ‘Tyne to go’ during their encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Black Cats preserved their Premier League status at the expense of both Newcastle and Norwich City as they defeated Everton 3-0 in midweek, moving four points clear of the drop-zone with one game left.

It was rather harsh on the Magpies considering their evident improvement under Rafa Benitez, yet the Spanish boss always knew time was against him upon his appointment on Tyneside.

Sunderland have certainly got the better of Newcastle in terms of results against them in the past three or four seasons, but for their supporters beating them to survival tops the lot.

As shown by the photo, supporters of the Wearside club were not going to let their North East rivals forget their impending drop to the Championship in a hurry by displaying a banner for all in attendance to see.

While Newcastle’s supporters could be forgiven for feeling a little downbeat about the situation, spirits were momentarily lifted during the game as they were treated to a 5-1 thrashing over Tottenham.

The Magpies were brilliant throughout, and such a performance will only place fear into a number of Championship clubs ahead of their upcoming season in the second tier.

If Benitez stays on, Newcastle will be huge favourites to make an immediate return to the top flight.

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