Fabio Borini's late strike helped Sunderland beat Newcastle and secure a first win of the season to lift them off the bottom of the Premier League.

The home side took the lead when striker Steven Fletcher headed in Adam Johnson's cross after five minutes.

But Johnson then left Mathieu Debuchy unchallenged to slot home a second-half equaliser after Hatem Ben Arfa's effort flew across goal.

Win will change season - Poyet

With six minutes left, substitute Borini struck from 20 yards to win it.

The celebrations at the final whistle from Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, his players and the packed home support at the Stadium of Light illustrated the importance of the victory.

Not only was it a second successive victory against the Magpies, but one they hope will kick-start a push up the table.

Newcastle were embarrassed 3-0 by the Black Cats in April and, although they gave a better account of themselves this time, the manner of their fourth defeat of the season will have come as a painful blow.

A key part of Poyet's tactics was to exploit Newcastle's central defensive problems, with the Magpies missing captain Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The plan took just five minutes to come to fruition as Johnson clipped a cross to the far post where Fletcher overpowered inexperienced centre-back Paul Dummett to head the hosts into the lead.

Analysis

"Newcastle were well on top for long periods in the second half. But this is the type of result that can turn Sunderland's season around."

The Black Cats were dominating proceedings and when a well-struck Fletcher shot was parried by goalkeeper Tim Krul, Dummett hesitated in clearing the loose ball - but Sunderland forward Jozy Altidore failed to capitalise.

The home side's tenacity limited the visitors to ambitious shots from distance in the first half but an inability to maintain their level of performance and concentration has been a weakness this season, and Newcastle took advantage after 57 minutes.

Ben Arfa struck a low shot from the corner of the area and left winger Johnson allowed Debuchy to arrive unmarked at the far post and slot in an equaliser.

And it nearly got worse for Sunderland when Yohan Cabaye curled a shot narrowly wide.

Alan Pardew rues Sunderland sucker punch

Poyet then introduced on-loan Liverpool striker Borini, and the 22-year-old almost had an immediate impact when his shot squeezed through Krul's legs before the Magpies keeper recovered to gather the ball.

Shola Ameobi sent an effort wide as Newcastle saw a chance to snatch victory, but when Borini latched on to an Altidore lay-off, the Italian launched a rising shot past Krul to ensure it was the home side who celebrated - and provide fresh optimism that a dismal start to the season can be turned round.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"I thought we were the better team. We just switched off and [Borini] has hit it true. We are really disappointed.

"I'm just disappointed for everybody at Newcastle.

"We will have to bounce back and be strong. This is always a high-profile game and we have lost it."

To see a photo album of Sunday's Premier League action go to the BBC Sport Facebook page. 

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 20 Westwood
  • 02 Bardsley (Celustka - 77' )
  • 03 Dossena
  • 33 Cattermole (Ki - 70' )
  • 24 Cuéllar
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 07 Larsson
  • 14 Colback
  • 17 Altidore
  • 09 Fletcher Booked
  • 11 Johnson (Borini - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Ki
  • 08 Gardner
  • 12 Celustka
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 25 Mannone
  • 29 Roberge
  • 31 Borini

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 26 Debuchy
  • 03 Santon
  • 24 Tioté
  • 06 Williamson
  • 36 Dummett
  • 07 Sissoko (Cissé - 45' )
  • 04 Cabaye Booked
  • 10 Ben Arfa
  • 11 Gouffran (Sa Ameobi - 86' )
  • 14 Remy (Sh Ameobi - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Anita
  • 09 Cissé
  • 19 Haidara
  • 21 Elliot
  • 23 Sh Ameobi
  • 25 Obertan
  • 28 Sa Ameobi
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 46,313

Match Stats

Shots

8 16

On target

4 4

Corners

5 3

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 2, Newcastle United 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Newcastle United 1.

90:00 +3:30

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Davide Santon.

90:00 +3:03

Hand ball by Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland).

90:00 +2:09

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

90:00 +1:41

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

90:00 +1:07

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Davide Santon.

87:36

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:36

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Yoan Gouffran.

83:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 2, Newcastle United 1. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore.

83:41

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

83:41

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:30

Attempt blocked. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Debuchy.

80:27

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:56

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

78:56

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:57

Dangerous play by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).

77:57

John O'Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:12

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

76:34

Offside, Sunderland. Ondrej Celustka tries a through ball, but Jozy Altidore is caught offside.

76:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ondrej Celustka replaces Phillip Bardsley because of an injury.

75:35

Attempt missed. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

74:34

Offside, Sunderland. Phillip Bardsley tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

73:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:11

Delay in match Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) because of an injury.

72:34

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Davide Santon.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ki Sung-Yueng replaces Lee Cattermole.

69:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Shola Ameobi replaces Loïc Remy.

68:50

Offside, Newcastle United. Tim Krul tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

68:28

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

68:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Fabio Borini replaces Adam Johnson.

66:23

Attempt blocked. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa.

62:39

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa.

60:50

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Colback following a corner.

60:20

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

56:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Newcastle United 1. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa with a cross.

56:38

Attempt blocked. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Davide Santon.

55:32

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:32

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

53:57

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

53:57

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:43

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

50:43

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:56

Attempt missed. Andrea Dossena (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Papiss Demba Cissé replaces Moussa Sissoko.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +0:17

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

45:00 +0:17

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:41

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:41

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

41:18

Offside, Sunderland. Adam Johnson tries a through ball, but Sebastian Larsson is caught offside.

40:08

Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:08

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

38:49

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

38:49

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:23

Attempt missed. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

36:32

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:32

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

33:38

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

33:38

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:26

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by John O'Shea.

29:56

Attempt missed. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross following a corner.

29:23

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

28:37

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:37

Foul by Andrea Dossena (Sunderland).

27:55 Booking

Booking Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:42

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).

27:42

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:11

Offside, Newcastle United. Tim Krul tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

26:18

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:18

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

24:45

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:45

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

23:49

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

23:49

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:20

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Davide Santon.

20:21

Offside, Sunderland. Adam Johnson tries a through ball, but Jack Colback is caught offside.

20:13

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye following a corner.

19:44

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jozy Altidore.

19:03

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:03

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

15:59

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jozy Altidore with a headed pass.

15:30

Attempt saved. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

14:47

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:47

Foul by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).

13:42

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Dossena with a cross.

12:49

Attempt missed. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Davide Santon.

12:24

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:24

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

11:36

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

11:36

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:04

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:04

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

10:09

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Davide Santon.

7:19

Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

7:19

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:39

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:39

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United).

4:59 Booking

Booking Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

4:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Newcastle United 0. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a corner.

3:50

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

2:51

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

2:51

Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers