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  • Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle United: Taylor free-kick, Bardsley red-card

    Newcastle extended Sunderland’s poor run in North East derbies with a fiercely-fought 1-0 Premier League win at the Stadium of Light, Saturday 20/08/2011.
    The first half was played at a fierce pace, with the home side taking the initiative from the start.

    Stephane Sessegnon saw a 35-yard effort tipped over the bar by Tim Krul in the early stages, but the first major talking point of the game came at the other end of the pitch.

    From a Newcastle corner, Shola Ameobi’s goal-bound header was given an extra touch by Joey Barton, but the ball struck the arm of Sunderland defender Sebastian Larsson who had been defending on the line.

    Newcastle’s players demanded a penalty but after consulting his assistant referee Howard Webb awarded a corner instead.

    After withstanding a fierce Sunderland assault in the first half, Newcastle seemed more composed in the second, and when they broke the deadlock, it was in stunning fashion.

    Ryan Taylor’s free-kick from wide on the left arrowed into the far top corner, leaving Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet grasping at fresh air.

    The home side kept the pressure on Krul, but fashioned few clear goalscoring opportunities and once Phil Bardsley was dismissed for a second yellow card late on, their hopes were over.

    Julian Shea / Eurosport


    Team Line-up:

    SUNDERLAND: Mignolet; Bardsley, Ferdinand, Brown, Richardson; Elmohamady, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson; Sessegnon; Gyan
    Subs: Westwood, Gardner, Wickham, Vaughan, Bramble, Lang, Ji
    NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, R.Taylor; Cabaye, Tiote; Barton, Gutierrez, Obertan; Ameobi
    Subs: Harper, Williamson, Gosling, Marveaux, Lovenkrands, Best, Ba.

    Referee: Howard Webb.


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