Alexander Isak Brace Secure Magpies First Wear-Tyne Derby Win Since 2011 In FA Cup Tie Since 2011 In FA Cup Tie—-Report as Newcastle beat Sunderland 3-0 to reach the FA Cup fourth round; the Magpies had not won a derby against Sunderland since 2011 having lost six of the previous seven derbies; Dan Ballard’s own goal and Alexander Isak’s double saw them beat the error-prone Black Cats
The first encounter between these two arch-rivals in eight years promised a tasty contest given Sunderland’s promising season as the sixth-placed team in the Championship, and Newcastle’s recent poor run.
But the Magpies’ dominance reflected the recent history between these two, as they dominated the first half before Daniel Ballard put into his own net from Joelinton’s cross (35).
Sunderland then shot themselves in the foot after half-time as Pierre Ekwah gave the ball away in the box to allow Alexander Isak to double the lead 36 seconds into the restart (46).
Michael Beale’s Black Cats tried to get back into the cup tie as Alex Pritchard hit the crossbar then forced Martin Dubravka into a superb one-handed save.
But a bad afternoon for Ballard was compounded after he gave away a late penalty for a foul on Anthony Gordon, which Isak dispatched as the clock ticked into 90.