In a week when Sunderland coach Gus Poyet bemoaned a lack of quality in his squad, Adam Johnson provided the perfect response with a winner in the Tyne-Wear derby that oozed determination, pace and skill.
The Wearsiders' 1-0 win, their fourth victory in a row over their bitter North-eastern rivals and their third successive win at St James' Park, was secured with a masterpiece of counterattacking flair.
A rasping long-range effort from Moussa Sissoko had just been tipped over the bar by...
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet admitted he was about to take derby hero Adam Johnson off minutes before he struck the goal which secured a fourth successive victory over Newcastle.
The winger converted substitute Will Buckley's lay-off to score the only goal of the game at St James' Park and snatch a 1-0 win with seconds of normal time remaining.
However, Poyet, who maintained his 100 percent derby record with the Black Cats, which now extends to three games, later revealed Johnson was about to...