Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer lamented the Magpies’ lack of ‘cutting edge’ as they suffered fresh derby day despair.
Steve McClaren’s first Wear-Tyne derby ended the same way as the club’s previous five matches with their bitter rivals - in crushing defeat.
A penalty stroked in just before half-time by Adam Johnson gave the Black Cats a lead they never looked like surrendering against a Newcastle team reduced to ten men.
Second-half strikes from Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher cemented a comfortable 3-0 victory and a record-breaking sixth straight success in the keenly-contested fixture.
Newcastle’s record goalscorer Alan says the St James’ Park outfit had plenty of possession but couldn’t make it count.
He felt the penalty decision was correct - but believed club skipper Fabio Coloccini should have been allowed to stay on the pitch.
The former England frontman had wrote on Twitter yesterday that a sixth straight loss to Sunderland would be ‘unthinkable’.
But after his worst fears were realised, he took to social media to say: “Plenty of possession,no cutting edge.
“Penalty yes, red card no.”