Sunderland Thrashed In Tyne-Wear Derby

Captain Kevin Nolan plundered a derby hat-trick to hand manager Chris Hughton the perfect ending to an eventful week as Newcastle routed Sunderland, recording their biggest Tyne-Wear win in more than half a century. The midfielder put the home side 2-0 ahead within 34 minutes and completed his treble 15 minutes from time, after striker Shola Ameobi had helped himself to two goals, the first of them from the penalty spot.

It was the first hat-trick in the fixture since Peter Beardsley achieved the feat for Newcastle in January 1985. Sunderland, who had former Magpies defender Titus Bramble sent off for an ill-judged challenge on Andy Carroll in the 53rd minute, were never at the races on a day when their promoted neighbours won at St James' Park for the first time in five attempts. Darren Bent's last-minute strike was no consolation for the travelling fans, many of whom had already left.

It proved a sweet afternoon for Hughton following a week during which speculation over his future at the club reached fever pitch. The 51-year-old was serenaded by the delighted home contingent as his side completely outplayed their most bitter rivals, who rarely troubled goalkeeper Tim Krul until Bent's late effort, despite Geordie manager Steve Bruce sending on record signing Asamoah Gyan before half-time to add firepower.

Sunderland had conceded only seven goals in their first nine Barclays Premier League games, but were repeatedly torn apart by a committed Magpies side even before Bramble's premature departure. The Black Cats arrived on Tyneside in an optimistic mood on the back of a seven-game unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to meet a side which had not won on their own pitch in four attempts but it turned out to be a shocking and embarrasing derby defeat.

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