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Summary

  1. Johnson smashes home late winner for visitors
  2. Sunderland break on the counter to score
  3. Seven bookings in feisty Tyne-Wear derby
  4. Sunderland now won last four league derbies

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

While the Sunderland Twitter bod is full of the joys, their Newcastle counterpart has had more enjoyable days.

This is how they have done post-match reaction.

Newcastle Twitter feed
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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

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Sunderland on Twitter: 'Poyet Poyet, give us a wave' - and so he does!

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Sunderland on Twitter: Big smiles as the players leave the pitch - led by match-winner Adam Johnson

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Costel Pantilimon
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After a couple of years mostly warming benches at Manchester City Costel Pantilimon looks like he is enjoying the chance to actually play some football.

Two splendid saves - the first from Ayoye Perez, the second from Moussa Sissoko - kept his team in it when they were under the cosh.

Being six foot eight is a pretty imposing sight in goal for the opposition.

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

So how did Jack Colback do in his first derby in Newcastle, rather than Sunderland, colours?

Pretty well, after a couple of clumsy challenges could have seen him walking in the first half.

He was Newcastle's top passer, making 59 in the game. He completed a healthy 83% of those and created three chances for his side.

Manager reaction

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, speaking to Sky Sports: "We were chasing the game and in terms of cover committing we had warned the players that Sunderland might score that way, and we were punished. But on another day we would have won. We had good chances. Ayoze Perez was the brightest player on the pitch.

"You are pushing and we wanted to win - we would take the draw now but if you draw without pushing for the win you would be disappointed. Maybe we pushed a bit too hard but I am not going to criticise my players. They put in everything they could. Sunderland edged the first half but second half we went up a level. We should be sitting here as winners but we have lost. We now have to regroup and take our second half form into the game against Manchester United.

"Both goalkeepers played well, but I was pleased for Jak Alnwick. He stood up to enormous pressure but it is disappointing for our fans. Losing four times in a row against Sunderland is a tag that is going to stick on me now so I will have to wear it.

"I am proud of how the team approached the game today. It wasn't our day. Criticism that might come my way or the teams way, we will have to accept. We can't listen or absorb it, we have to prepare ourselves for the next game."

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Alan Pardew
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Alan Pardew is accentuating the positives in defeat, insisting his team played well, but admitting that he is going to have live with being the first manager to lose four successive derbies against Sunderland.

He adds that he is not going to criticise his team for pushing for the win late, but concedes that they lost "a bit of discipline" at the end.

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Andi Brown: Every club has it's bogey team. Why on earth does it have to be Sunderland?!

Anthony Rhodes: Why can we not play well in the derbies?!?! I feel sick

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Manager reaction

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Adam Johnson and Gus Poyet
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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, speaking to BBC Sport: "To understand what this means you need to live here and be on one side. To see the faces of the people, the fans in the street - they only talk about this game. It is the biggest present the players could have given - three points over their biggest rivals - and it was totally deserved.

"One action was the difference but overall we had the better chances. But you still need something special to happen. Before we scored there was a great save by Costel Pantillimon, and I was thinking to change Adam Johnson.

"But he really wanted to stay in and scored the goal. Sometimes there is very little you need to win or lose a game. We needed a break that means you score one chance. We missed a few but we didn't stop believing. The idea today was to get three points, to be proud of the team, to make history with the four wins in a row."

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Steven Taylor's face hits the post
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That has to hurt. Steven Taylor is left nursing the missed opportunity to leapfrog Swansea as well as a battered face after today's defeat.

I think the face might sting more in the morning.

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Gus Poyet and Wes Brown at full-time
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Gus Poyet is up in front of the television cameras and is struggling to keep his Cheshire grin under wraps.

The Uruguayan reveals that he had planned to take Adam Johnson off in the 81st minute, but changed his mind after the winger wriggled through and missed a chance in the 78th minute.

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Jalaj, from London: Great Goal by Adam Johnson, probably one of the best of the season so far, the run, the composure, the finish and all in the most important game of the season

Andy: Adam Johnson, the toast of Sunderland tonight! What massive goal at a massive time! Happy Christmas Mackams!

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

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The Sunderland players are back out on the pitch and, with the stands deserted apart from the small away section high in the third tier, they celebrate with a collective belly slide towards their fans.

Never mind the local bragging rights, it was important in pure points terms for the Black Cats. They pull away from the drop and up to 14th.

Player reaction - They hate me here

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Adam Johnson
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Matchwinner Adam Johnson on Sky Sports: "We've won three years in a row now, they must hate me here, three wins, three clean sheets. It's a personal favourite of mine coming to play here, it's a great atmosphere and the crowd all seem to rise to the occasion.

"I missed a chance earlier and I would have been devastated if I'd missed that one at the end. I took my time and set myself and it went in. It's massive for us, it gives us a great boost."

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Football writer Martin Hardy: Up There. Sunderland fans celebrate an historic fourth successive victory against Newcastle

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Craig Andrew Smith: Best Christmas present ever!!! Derby victory over #nufc. Get in!!!!

Evan Pritchard: No buttery gravy then....

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Gus Poyet celebrates
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A celebration almost in the Paolo di Canio class.

Look at Alan Pardew in the background as well. Absolutely gutted.

Di Canio
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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Steve Harper

Hull City goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

"That is a killer blow for Newcastle. They had a good run recently but that is soon forgotten. This will hurt. The fans will be hurting. The manager will be hurting. Losing four derbies in a row... that is tough to take. It is a by-product of football that when you do well everything is rosy and when you lose it is the worst thing in the world.

"The scrutiny will probably get a bit silly on Pardew again. This Newcastle team have proved they can compete with anyone on the day but these derbies are proving a step too far at the moment."

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

The stadium tannoy blares John Lennon's War is Over as the players and fans depart. The powder keg never quite went off after a fiery first half, but Adam Johnson's late goal ensures there will be plenty of spice when the two teams next meet.

It is some run Sunderland are on. The Black Cats have won four successive league derbies against Newcastle for the first time.

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Adam Johnson explodes with delight on the final whistle, shaking his team-mates in celebration. The visitors are off to take the ovation from their fans up in the St James' Park gods.

Jack Colback trudges off, taking consoling pats from his former team-mates as he goes.

FULL-TIME

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

CLOSE!

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Daryl Janmaat! No, his header slips wide.

Surely all done for Newcastle...

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Sebastian Coates booms a clearance up and out. Sunderland are seconds away from another famous derby win.

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Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Seb Amann: How on earth have Newcastle lost this? Great goal by Sunderland though

Jared Maobe: EPL refs make mistake now n then, but Sunderland should thank Kevin Friend for waving playing on

Tallal: Watching Sunderland in recent weeks, is like watching Stoke under Pulis!

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SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Sebastian Larsson off. Jack Rodwell on. Another few seconds eaten up.

CLOSE!

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

To seal it....nope!

Sebastian Larsson rounds Jak Alnwick, but the the angle beats him with his shot into the wrong side of the side-netting.

INJURY TIME

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Five minutes added on.

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland

Steve Harper

Hull City goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

Gus Poyet celebrates
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"I said it earlier that I was worried about the counter-attack. It was a save from Pantilimon and Sunderland have broken down the other end and Johnson was very calm to fire it into the net. It is good play from Sunderland. They have not settled for the draw, have looked to hit on the break and haven't panicked when the chance came."

GOAL

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland - Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson celebrates
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A body blow for Newcastle and it looks like it is the knockout punch.

Sunderland break upfield, twice Newcastle try to foul to bring the move to a end, but Sebastian Larsson picks out Will Buckley and his lay-off is hammered home by Adam Johnson.

Gus Poyet almost gives himself a hernia with his celebration.

Adam Johnson celebrates
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GREAT SAVE!

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

What an effort! What a save! An absolute rasper from Moussa Sissoko, tipped over the top by Costel Pantilimon.

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Newcastle's fans groan as Sammy Ameobi misplaces a pass. That is his last contribution. On comes Remy Cabella in his place.

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Adam Armstrong fires over the top. It was only a quarter-chance though from the angle and with lots of Sunderland defenders around him.

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Newcastle are loading the box. Plenty of black-and-white bodies in there. Has one of them got a winner in them?

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Will Buckley nicks the ball off Fabricio Coloccini on halfway, but the Argentine sprints back to make amends and regain possession.

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Steve Harper

Hull City goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

Newcastle fans watch on
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"It is very tense. Newcastle have been growing into the game in the second half after Alan Pardew made some positive changes. You do worry about them at the other end though and Adam Johnson missed a really good chance."

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Moussa Sissoko outmuscles Sebastian Larsson to earn a free-kick and ironic cheers from the crowd after an earlier decision had gone against the hosts.

Under ten minutes left and to be honest I can't sense a winner. These two sides look like they have an allergy to goals today.

SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Connor Wickham's race is run. The Sunderland striker has been energetic, if ultimately ineffective. Will Buckley is on in his place.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

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The teams are in for the 16:00 GMT kick-off at Anfield.

Liverpool XI: Jones, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Markovic, Coutinho, Gerrard, Lallana, Sterling.

Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Chambers, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck.

You can follow that one

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Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Tattz: El Classico this ain't, but this is an old fashioned full-blooded physical ding-dong of a derby. El Smackico?

Sho: Have these lot forgotten how to score a goal. Painful to watch.

Mark Chmarny: Living in US I often hear the argument of boring 0:0 football. Do check NEW v SUN if you hold on to this misguided notion

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WHAT A MISS!

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Adam Johnson
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Adam Johnson stares into the whites of Jak Alnwick's eyes as he cuts inside Fabricio Coloccini and bares down on the Newcastle goalkeeper. The angle is tight, but he should do a whole lot better than the trundling side-foot wide of the post that follows.

Just thrashing the life out of it, would have been my choice.

Sunderland have not had many chances since the break and that was a gilt-edged one.

Newcastle 0-0 Sunderland

Ayoze Perez is still causing Sunderland problems with his scurrying and scampering. He weaves past Wes Brown but his shot is slow, central and smothered by Costel Pantilimon.