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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Jack Colback. Cheik Tiote restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by Shola Ameobi, clearance by Anton Ferdinand. Short corner worked by Cheik Tiote.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Stephane Sessegnon played to the near post, Shola Ameobi manages to make a clearance. Stephane Sessegnon delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Asamoah Gyan misses to the left of the goal.
Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Blocked by Dan Gosling.
Connor Wickham delivers the ball, Jonas Gutierrez gets a block in.
Dan Gosling takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Phillip Bardsley. Phillip Bardsley is shown a red card for second bookable offence. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Yohan Cabaye leaves the field to be replaced by Mike Williamson. Gabriel Obertan leaves the field to be replaced by Dan Gosling.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley. Effort from 18 yards by Asamoah Gyan. Blocked by Steven Taylor. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephane Sessegnon, save by Tim Krul.
Phillip Bardsley delivers the ball, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
Connor Wickham replaces Sebastian Larsson. Phillip Bardsley challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, Craig Gardner takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Krul.
Ryan Taylor is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Phillip Bardsley, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Brown. The assistant referee signals for offside against Joey Barton. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick. Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Shot on goal by Asamoah Gyan from just inside the area goes over the target.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Fabricio Coloccini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Craig Gardner on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Craig Gardner comes on in place of Ahmed Elmohamady. Dong-Won Ji replaces Kieran Richardson.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Lee Cattermole is booked. The referee books Joey Barton for dissent. Phillip Bardsley booked. Ryan Taylor shoots direct from the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.
Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Taylor.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Joey Barton, A goal is scored by Ryan Taylor from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle.Assist by Jonas Gutierrez.
Danny Simpson sends in a cross.
Shola Ameobi delivers the ball, blocked by Lee Cattermole.
Yohan Cabaye sends in a cross.
Shola Ameobi challenges Kieran Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Wes Brown gets a block in.
Phillip Bardsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Danny Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.
Cheik Tiote fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Taylor.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, clearance made by Danny Simpson.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Danny Simpson delivers the ball, clearance made by Jack Colback.
The ball is swung over by Stephane Sessegnon, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini. Sebastian Larsson takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Joey Barton.
Phillip Bardsley challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Lee Cattermole sends in a cross.
The ball is sent over by Asamoah Gyan.
Gabriel Obertan delivers the ball. Shola Ameobi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson.
Kieran Richardson produces a cross, save by Tim Krul.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Foul by Ryan Taylor on Ahmed Elmohamady, free kick awarded. Ryan Taylor is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson. Save by Tim Krul.
Wes Brown challenges Yohan Cabaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wes Brown receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson.
Drilled right-footed shot by Yohan Cabaye. Save by Simon Mignolet. Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye. The ball is delivered by Tim Krul, Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.
Jack Colback challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in. Centre by Asamoah Gyan.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Shot from close range by Asamoah Gyan misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Jack Colback.
Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Yohan Cabaye results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet. Yohan Cabaye is shown a yellow card.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a cross. Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, save by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Ryan Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor. Cheik Tiote produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by Asamoah Gyan, Shot from outside the area by Phillip Bardsley misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Yohan Cabaye, Header on goal by Fabricio Coloccini from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Wes Brown challenges Shola Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Jack Colback sends in a cross, Steven Taylor gets a block in.
Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Shola Ameobi. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson. Corner from the right by-line taken by Yohan Cabaye, Asamoah Gyan makes a clearance.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Joey Barton gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line.
Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Shola Ameobi. Free kick crossed by Joey Barton, clearance by Asamoah Gyan.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Shot by Stephane Sessegnon. Save made by Tim Krul. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, Close range header by Anton Ferdinand misses to the right of the target.
Jack Colback produces a cross.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.
Stephane Sessegnon sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Joey Barton makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Jonas Gutierrez is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Joey Barton makes a clearance.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Cattermole focuses solely on game
Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has warned his team-mates they cannot expect to reap any derby dividends from Newcastle's off-field problems.
The Magpies will arrive at the Stadium of Light without a specialist left-back in their squad and with their summer-long search for a top-class striker still ongoing.
In addition, skipper Kevin Nolan, who demolished the Black Cats' dreams of derby success last season, and Jose Enrique have followed Andy Carroll through the exit door, while the outspoken Joey Barton's situation remains uncertain.
By contrast, Steve Bruce, armed with a significant proportion of the proceeds from the sales of Darren Bent and Jordan Henderson, has been allowed to invest heavily once again - and has done so to the tune of 10 signings.
However, having played in Sunderland's 5-1 horror show at St James' Park last season and looked on helplessly as they scraped a draw at the death in the return, Cattermole is convinced they can take nothing for granted this time around.
He said: "All their lads are all footballers, it doesn't matter what's going on at the club.
"Sunderland is a much healthier and much more stable club at the minute, but I don't think that really counts for anything when it comes to derby day.
"They have got a squad of players who are all good players and we have got a good team as well and when it kicks off, it's that fast and furious, you maybe need a little bit of luck and you need eight out of the 11 to have good performances, and they will be needing the same.
"It's as simple as that, really. Hopefully with the lads we have brought in and the experience, and the experiences of last season, we will be able to go out and put a better performance in this year."
Cattermole's view is shared by Bruce, who freely admits his team simply did not handle the derbies well enough last season.
Asked if he was pleased Nolan and Carroll in particular would not be involved this time around, he said: "Yes, of course I am - but they have got players who are going to take their places and Newcastle got a good result last week.
"For all the hype that's built up, at the end of the day it's Sunderland v Newcastle and whoever is on the pitch, there will be a fierce rivalry and some will handle it better than others.
"I honestly hope my team handles the occasion and we get the result we want."
Bruce will make a late decision on hamstring victim John O'Shea but is otherwise likely to make few changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Liverpool on the opening day of the campaign.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping for more of the same from derby specialist Shola Ameobi as he targets a first victory over arch-rivals Sunderland.
The 29-year-old striker has six goals to his name against the Black Cats over the years including a double in last season's 5-1 rout at St James' Park.
Ameobi was born in Nigeria but raised on Tyneside and has grown up with the rivalry which exists between the neighbouring clubs and Pardew firmly believes that is at the root of his success in the fixture which matters more than any other to both sets of fans.
He said: "Shola has been here a long time and he has lived in the area.
"Everywhere you go, you are reminded, and Shola has had that for a number of years, so he knows that this is a massive game for the club and he probably gets himself up as high as he would for a cup final, and that bodes well.
"He will start on Saturday, I make no bones about that. He will be in the starting line-up."
If Ameobi's performance alongside Carroll in last October's demolition job provided the basis for Newcastle's success, it was Nolan who grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick.
Nolan also opened the scoring in the return at the Stadium of Light in January, only for Asamoah Gyan to bundle home an injury-time equaliser to deny the Magpies a double and Pardew victory in his first Wear-Tyne encounter.
However, he has since departed to West Ham under a transfer policy which has once again been criticised by full-back Jose Enrique following his own move to Liverpool and a vacancy exists for a new hero to write himself into Geordie folklore.
Pardew said: "Every time a derby comes along, that vacancy is there for somebody.
"My experience of derbies is that you need to match the ferocity that is on the pitch, but usually the team which is calm and gets the ball down and plays are the victors."
Taylor steals it for Magpies
Ryan Taylor wrote his name into Geordie folklore by firing Newcastle to a 1-0 derby victory at Sunderland.
The full-back, who played for Steve Bruce at Wigan, curled home a superb 62nd-minute free-kick to win a hard-fought contest which the home side dominated for long periods, but failed to take their chances.
Alan Pardew's men, who were denied at the death at the Stadium of Light last season by Asamoah Gyan's last-gasp equaliser, might have won more comfortably had they been awarded a clear first-half penalty.
Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet had to make good saves from Yohan Cabaye and Jonas Gutierrez, while Tim Krul had to be similarly alert to keep out two Stephane Sessegnon efforts.
However, the home side simply did not make the most of their share of the possession and the bulk of a sell-out crowd of 47,751 left in sombre mood.
Bruce is yet to taste derby victory in three attempts and Sunderland have now won just once on home soil against their neighbours in 31 years.
But there was unbridled joy for Newcastle, who triumphed without a specialist left-back and against the backdrop of seemingly continuous turmoil off the pitch.
Joey Barton spent the opening weekend of the season in the headlines for the wrong reasons, although the controversy was not all of his own doing, and he found himself in the thick of the action once again within 14 minutes of a pulsating derby, although innocently so on this occasion.
Having weathered an early storm which saw them pinned deep inside their own half for long periods, the Magpies won a left-wing corner which Cabaye delivered to the far post.
Shola Ameobi, who went into the game with six derby goals to his name, met the ball with a firm header which Barton helped on towards the top corner.
But as he prepared to celebrate, Sebastian Larsson threw out an arm and blocked the ball, sparking a mass protest from the men in black and white.
Referee Howard Webb consulted his assistant, but then awarded only a corner, much to the horror of the visitors and the relief of their counterparts in red and white.
Having enjoyed a major slice of fortune - Larsson would surely have been sent off had the penalty been awarded - the Black Cats resumed their efforts to atone for their derby no-shows last season.
Benin international Sessegnon was proving a thorn in Newcastle's side and having failed to hit the target on a couple of occasions, forced a fingertip save from Krul with nine minutes gone and a second diving stop eight minutes before the break.
Sunderland were dominating possession and Sessegnon, Jack Colback and Ahmed Elmohamady were seeing plenty of the ball in promising positions.
However, too often the final pass was wayward to allow the visitors off the hook as they defended in committed fashion, but often at full-stretch.
Newcastle continued to look dangerous from set-pieces and Mignolet had to pull off a fine 32nd-minute save to keep out Cabaye's swerving, dipping shot from distance.
Cabaye, Wes Brown and Ryan Taylor were all booked for rash challenges in a fiercely-contested first half, but there was drama deep into injury time when Gyan turned neatly and curled a left-foot shot on to the top of the crossbar.
In a nondescript start to the second half, neither side was able to build up any kind of momentum with Sunderland hunting down the Magpies in possession and the visitors largely adopting a hit and hope policy as they attempted to move the ball forward.
Barton worked his way into a good position with 55 minutes gone, but saw his shot charged down by Anton Ferdinand, and Mignolet had to get down well to palm away Jonas Gutierrez's effort six minutes later.
But Newcastle did take the lead within seconds after Gutierrez had been tripped by Lee Cattermole.
Ryan Taylor curled the resulting free-kick high over the stranded Mignolet and into the top corner to spark delirious celebrations on and off the pitch.
Bruce introduced Craig Gardner and Ji Dong-won for Elmohamady and Kieran Richardson with 19 minutes remaining and time fast running out.
But Sunderland's efforts were looking increasingly laboured with Gyan scuffing a 77th-minute shot wide from close range and Gardner looping a header into Krul's arms three minutes later.
Phil Bardsley was sent off for a second bookable offence in the final minute of normal time to cap a miserable afternoon for his side.
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