Last Updated at 2:28 pm, March 4th 2012
GOAL! Ameobi scores!
Taylor is subtituted as Peter Lovenkrands takes to the field.
Richardson is replaced by Wayne Bridge to boost Sunderland's defensive efforts.
Campbell was booked for that tackle on Amoebi that led to the penalty.
Penalty to Newcastle!
Larsson is taken off and local boy Jack Colback replaces the Swedish winger.
Meanwhile for Newcastle, Cisse is taken off as Shola Ameobi takes to the field.
Bendtner is withdrawn as the speedy England new-boy Fraizer Campbell arrives.
Gardner is penalised for a tug on Cabaye, but their free-kick is poor as Cattermole intercepts and does well to win a foul on Tiote, who is booked for persistent fouling.
The first red card of the day is shown, inevitably perhaps, as Sessegnon is shown a straight red card for an elbow on Tiote.
Gardner is claiming an elbow in the jaw from Gutierrez, before the next yellow card is shown to the complaining Sunderland man for a poor tackle on Coloccini.
Ben Arfa is on at the break with Santon the man replaced for Newcastle.
Ryan tweets: "The rise of James McClean could be a hollywood movie.. not getting the praise he deserves." Nic Cage takes any role these days, I'm sure he'd be up for it.
HALF TIME. Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1.
GOAL! Bendtner converts the penalty!
Williamson is caught tugging down Turner which earns him a yellow card!
Penalty to Sunderland!
The fifth booking of the game now as Ba wildly lunges through Gardner. Incredible scenes.
It's all kicking off now. McClean makes a horror tackle on Simpson which sparks both teams, and both managers to react, with the referee booking both McClean and Simpson.
Cabaye earns the second booking of the game for a late slide on Bardsley. Feisty stuff this.
Lee Cattermole needs just 45 seconds to be booked, making a hideous challenge on Cheick Tiote. His tenth booking of the season, which means he will miss Sunderland's next match.
Zach Kingsbury writes: "Tough one to call today, Sunderland will hope to shake themselves off and redeem themselves after their drubbing from West Brom. Newcastle on the toher hand are in a strong position and wil feel confident. I think it's gunnabe a 2-2 draw with Ba scoring both for Newcastle and Larsson and Sessognon on target for Sunderland."
Lewis Foskett writes: "What a game this is set out to be! Newcastle flying high at the top heading for a European place while Sunderland have targets of their own under Martin...Considering both teams poor performances last week this is going to be a fantastic game. 3-1 Newcastle with Cisse, Ba and Taylor scoring for Newcastle and I'm going with an own goal or dodgy deflection for Sunderland! Come on Toon!"
Newcastle are maginal favourites with our friends at Sky Bet, their price at 5/4 reflecting that. Sunderland are 23/10 to secure Martin O'Neill his first derby win as Black Cats boss, while the draw is avaliable at 11/5.
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