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