With a late victory for Sunderland, the Tyne-Wear derby went the way of the Black Cats for the fourth straight year, a first for the rivalry.
On the Newcastle end, manager Alan Pardew questioned his own abilities and decisions late in the match.
“The last 10 minutes I was really pushing a bit too hard and we ended up a bit dysfunctional. I’m not going to criticize my players for trying to force the win. Personally, the draw I would take now of course, but on the same token I’m not going to stop my team from trying to win it.”
Pardew threw on three attackers in Adam Armstrong, Papiss Cisse and Remy Cabella in the final minutes of the match, removing the booked Cheick Tiote and leaving Newcastle without a physical presence in the midfield, and with Yoan Gouffran also removed, they had little width.
As a result, Steven Fletcher, Will Buckley, and Adam Johnson sliced up the Magpies on the counter-attack to score the winner in the final minute of regulation.
Pardew also praised his goalkeeper Jak Alnwick for keeping Sunderland at bay for 89 minutes.