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'Whoever goes down deserves to go down': Pundit on bottom-of-league battle

Steve Wraith, football pundit and long-time Newcastle United fan has said that whichever North East team - Newcastle or Sunderland - is relegated from the Premier League, they will deserve it.

Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees this lunchtime said both teams had flirted with relegation in recent seasons, and neither truly deserves to stay up.

Here's what he said:

Premier League match report: Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea

Jermain Defoe grabbed the winner for the Black Cats Credit: Reuters

Jermain Defoe's 18th goal of the season blasted Sunderland out of the Premier League relegation zone as 10-man Chelsea twice squandered the lead on Wearside.

Defoe struck 20 minutes from time - his first at the Stadium of Light since January 2 - to settle a five-goal thriller after first Wahbi Khazri and then Fabio Borini had cancelled out efforts from Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic with Blues skipper John Terry receiving his marching orders at the death for a second bookable offence.

The victory, which was just a third in 15 games for the Black Cats, saw them climb above derby rivals Newcastle, who could only draw at relegated Aston Villa, and means a home win over Everton on Wednesday evening will keep them up.

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Football Fans win battle to change Derby Day travel arrangements

Newcastle and Sunderland fans have won their battle to change travel arrangements for the next Tyne Wear Derby.

Police escort fans to St James's Park last season Credit: Steve Drew/Press Association Images

Following violence at some recent matches, the clubs announced that they would only allow travelling supporters, who used buses laid on for the occasion, to get inside the ground.

Those who travel under their own steam would not be allowed in. Described as a "bubble-match", the move was designed to ensure that both sets of supporters were kept apart during the next derby - at St James' Park on February the first.

However this evening (January 7th) the clubs released a statement backing down.

"After considering the police position, Sunderland AFC will be withdrawing the terms and conditions of ticket sales, which previously stated that all supporters must attend the game on official transport. "

"The arrangements to provide complimentary buses and supporters branch transport will remain in place and Sunderland AFC advises fans that this is the safest method of travel to St James’ Park."

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