Newcastle United Head Coach, John Carver has said the team losing the last four derby games to Sunderland 'is just not good enough':
The Black Cats host the Magpies at the Stadium of Light on Sunday at 4pm.
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Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has returned to training after the club lifted his suspension.
The 27-year-old midfielder was suspended by the Black Cats earlier this month following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.
He will now be free to resume while the police investigation continues.
The club has issued the following statement:
The club has discussed the current position in detail with both the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) and Adam's representatives.
In line with those discussions we recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues. He will therefore return to training.
The club's own investigation cannot continue until the conclusion of the legal process. Sunderland AFC will make no further comment on the matter due to the ongoing police investigation.
Durham Constabulary have also commented on Sunderland's decision:
Sunderland AFC informed us this morning of their decision, which of course is a matter entirely for the club. The police investigation remains very much live and ongoing and a man remains on bail while enquiries continue.
“We would once again urge those posting on social media to be aware of the effects their comments can have. We accept rumour and speculation may be inevitable, but many of the comments have been distressing to the complainant, her family and people connected with the investigation."
Johnson has had his police bail extended until April 23rd.
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Sunderland will play Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup, following the Cottager's victory over Wolves last night.
Heavy snow hit the Molineux during extra time, which ended 3-3, with goals from Cauley Woodrow, Ross McCormack, Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra.
Hugo Rodallega's goal in the penalty shootout earned Fulham a 5-3 win on penalties against the Wanderers.
The game is on Saturday 24th January at 3pm.
England striker Jermaine Defoe could be making the move to Wearside, according to the national press.
Sky Sports are reporting Sunderland have held talks with Toronto FC, where he moved last year, over a possible deal to sign the former Spurs player.
The 32-year old has been training with Tottenham during the MLS off-season.
Sunderland's manager Gus Poyet said beating Newcastle for the fourth derby in a row was a "special moment" for his club.
He said the victory was one he would remember all his life.
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew praised his team despite their 1-0 derby defeat to Sunderland.
He said his team lost because they were trying to push for a win.
Adam Johnson's late winner condemned Newcastle United to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history as Sunderland earned a deserved 1-0 victory.
Johnson struck in the 90th minute following a pacy counter-attack to give the Black Cats only their third win of the season.
The away side created the better chances over the game with Steven Fletcher striking the crossbar and Connor Wickham, Jordi Gomez and Johnson all missing good opportunities to open the scoring.
The victory moves Sunderland up to 14th, four points below Newcastle who remain 9th.
Adam Johnson has won the Christmas bragging rights for Sunderland with a 90th minute goal in the derby match at St James Park.
The game ended Newcastle 0 - 1 Sunderland.