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Few options up top for Poyet


Attack thrusts Sunderland to spirited victory in derby

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Adam Johnson goal (90') Newcastle United 0-1 Sunderland

In a week when Sunderland coach Gus Poyet bemoaned a lack of quality in his squad, Adam Johnson provided the perfect response with a winner in the Tyne-Wear derby that oozed determination, pace and skill.

The Wearsiders' 1-0 win, their fourth victory in a row over their bitter North-eastern rivals and their third successive win at St James' Park, was secured with a masterpiece of counterattacking flair.

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A rasping long-range effort from Moussa Sissoko had just been tipped over the bar by...

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Three Points: Johnson scores another big goal for Sunderland vs. Newcastle

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Adam Johnson goal (90') Newcastle United 0-1 Sunderland

Adam Johnson scored again in the Tyne-Wear derby and his late goal gave Sunderland a 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday. Here's a quick trio of observations from their Premier League clash ...

Adam Johnson shatters Newcastle

With a minute to play, Sunderland were heading for their 11th draw of the season. Costel Pantilimon had just made a full-length save to deny a raking Moussa Sissoko effort. Within moments, Will Buckley discovered a calm previously absent from a relentless match. His side-footed...

Another draw would suit Sunderland in derby

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burley weigh in on Jozy Altidore's future with Sunderland.

It is one of the fiercest of local derbies in football and its outcome affects fans for days, even seasons, to come, throughout the north-east of England.

If Sunderland's game at Newcastle United on Sunday is won by either side, the result will bring exhilaration to one set of fans, deep gloom to the other.

Forget any assumption that with so much more in common than to divide them, the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland should really take football rivalries less seriously.

Gone, long ago...

Altidore's Sunderland effort is laudable but maybe he should move on

The ESPN FC crew react to Jozy Altidore's shocking miss against West Ham, in a Sunderland career where he's scored only two goals in 69 Premier League appearances.

Two minutes before Sunderland's kickoff Saturday against West Ham, a post appeared on the A Love Supreme message board with the topic, "Today is Jozy Altidore's day," followed by the text, "He will win this for us today. His time has come. Haway Jozy."

Just over 50 minutes later, after Altidore had tied his feet in a knot when presented with a tap-in from three yards out, someone else posted on the same thread:

"Love him, but let's face facts: He's rotten at football."

Moments later, on another...

Altidore miss encapsulates Sunderland's scoring woes

Jozy Altidore's Sunderland nightmare continued as his first-half horror miss consigned the Black Cats to their fifth draw in their last six matches at the Stadium of Light.

In one moment that will surely give him nightmares, Jozy Altidore reinforced the image he cannot shake off: that as a striker unable to score for his club.

In the last move of the first half of yet another draw for Sunderland, an inviting low cross from Seb Larsson found the hard-working but low-achieving American striker no more than three yards from the open goal. Had the ball merely clattered into him, it might have spun into the net off a knee or thigh. Instead, Altidore slipped comically...

Can Connor Wickham fill Sunderland's goal-scoring void?

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes his side needs a difference maker up front and a couple wins in their next 3 or 4 games.

Sunderland face a confident West Ham on Saturday under no illusions about what stands between them and Premier League safety.

Only Aston Villa and Burnley have worse scoring records, 10 apiece from 15 games compared with 13 for the Wearsiders. Manager Gus Poyet knows he needs look no further than this glaring failure in front of the goal for an explanation of Sunderland's inability, so far, to create space between themselves and the tightly packed bottom six.

After yet another goalless draw, at Anfield...