Sunderland 4-0 Newcastle U21: Blacks Cats claim derby spoils to stay on course for Wembley final

Sunderland 4-0 Newcastle U21: Blacks Cats claim derby spoils in Checkatrade Trophy to stay on course for Wembley

  • The Blacks Cats are just two games from Wembley final in Checkatrade Trophy
  •  Own goal by Kelland Watts put the home side on way to Wear-Tyne derby win 
  •  Police were out in force as nearly 3,000 Newcastle fans made the short trip

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And the documentary makers were here to record the latest chapter of a story they must surely hope ends in League One promotion and a Wembley final.

So had Ross changed his mind?

‘I said it was “no win” before the game and I probably got that slightly wrong,’ said the Scot. ‘It wasn’t an ideal fixture against an Under-21 team, it was unusual. But it gets us closer to Wembley and we want to get to that final.

Sunderland opened the scoring thanks to an own goal by Newcastle midfielder Kelland Watts

Sunderland opened the scoring thanks to an own goal by Newcastle midfielder Kelland Watts

‘It has also given me a taste of what a proper derby would be like, and that is still the ambition.’

After a nervy first half Sunderland’s experience told as an own goal by Kelland Watts was followed by Charlie Wyke’s header, Chris Maguire’s long-range strike and Benjamin Kimpioka’s late effort.

But they did not have it all their own way against what was a weakened Newcastle side.

Charlie Wyke (above), Chris Maguire and Benjamin Kimpioka also scored for Sunderland

Charlie Wyke (above), Chris Maguire and Benjamin Kimpioka also scored for Sunderland

So concerned is Rafa Benitez about the fitness of his senior midfielders that they could not afford to risk youngster Sean Longstaff here, a player who has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League.

One of those first-team stars with injury problems is Jonjo Shelvey. He is currently in Barcelona receiving treatment along with defender Paul Dummett and they were trying to access coverage on the club’s TV station before kick-off.

What they would have seen in the first half was a Newcastle side passing the ball with more composure than Benitez’s men have managed of late.

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore  holds the ball up during the Checkatrade trophy match

Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore holds the ball up during the Checkatrade trophy match

Boss Ben Dawson said: ‘In the end I thought 4-0 was harsh. The lads will take a lot from that, the atmosphere was great, our fans never stopped. The players will learn that the higher the level you go the more the finer details matter in games.’

The Magpies edged a goalless first half which was better remembered for the insults traded between fans, Newcastle’s ‘We saw you crying on Netflix’ matched by Sunderland’s ‘Six in a row’ in recognition of their recent derby dominance.

Come the end they were crowing about a seventh win in 10 over their bitter rivals – try telling them this did not matter. 

Police were out in force in bid to stop any potential trouble at the Wear-Tyne derby

Police were out in force in bid to stop any potential trouble at the Wear-Tyne derby

 Nearly 3,000 Newcastle fans made the short trip to the Stadium of Light to support the U21s

 Nearly 3,000 Newcastle fans made the short trip to the Stadium of Light to support the U21s

 


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