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Newcastle suffer fourth successive derby defeat

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.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring a late winner. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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Derby crowd applaud MH17 victims on 17th minute

MH17 victim Liam Sweeney's father Barry joined the 17th minute applause

Fans of both Newcastle United and Sunderland gave a round of applause on the 17th minute of the derby match at St James Park.

Their standing ovation honoured the Newcastle supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died on board flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine.

Screens read 'In Loving Memory' and added: "Special thanks to SAFC supporters and staff for your heartfelt fundraising efforts and support."

However, the rivalry has not gone away - the applause was followed by the chant 'We hate Sunderland'.

Crowds stand to applaud on the 17th minute

The gravy will be "lumpy" if we lose, says Pardew

Alan Pardew has said the gravy will be "lumpy" if Newcastle are not able to pull off a win in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

Implying that defeat would ruin his Christmas, the Newcastle manager said: "Particularly around Christmas time when it's goodwill to all men, the gravy's going to be a bit lumpy if we lose."

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said victory for the Black Cats would be "fantastic" and "unique".

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VIDEO: Police say they are ready for Sunday's derby

Northumbria Police says it is fully prepared ahead of its busiest weekend of the year. More officers than ever before will be on duty at Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

The game coincides with the last shopping weekend before Christmas - thousands of people will head to Newcastle city centre for last-minute shopping as well as festive events like pantomimes.

As Kenny Toal reports, police have changed their tactics and they are hoping the season of goodwill extends to both sets of supporters.

Police promise more officers than previous derbies

Police say Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby will see more officers on duty than at any previous match.

The game is however being approached differently with no road closures and no marching of fans to the stadium.

Inspired by the generosity of Sunderland fans who raised thousands for charity following the tragic deaths of Liam Sweeney and John Alder, supporters are being asked to make it a day to remember for the right reasons.

Travel advice for derby day

It's the last weekend before Christmas and one of the biggest days in the football calendar for Newcastle and Sunderland fans, so the public are being warned of busy roads and car parks in Newcastle city centre.

Fans queue outside St James' Park after delayed match earlier this year. Credit: PA

Travel information:

Unlike previous derby days, Sunderland fans will not be separately escorted into St James' Park and police have not requested the council close roads.

Newcastle City Council are encouraging drivers to consider using car parks on the outskirts of the city centre and to plan ahead.

Percy Street in particular is likely to be extremely busy. As well as car parks on Percy Street there are others that people can use around the city centre. “There will be buses and Metros running on Sunday and we would encourage people to consider using them as well, instead of bringing their car into Newcastle."

– Andrew McKegney, Newcastle City Council

There will be extra Metro trains for football supporters attending the game and extra services for Christmas shoppers.

The non-stop, direct Metro trains for away fans are not being run at the request of the police.

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