Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle: Gus Poyet picked up his first win as Sunderland boss in the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light on Sunday 2-1; thanks to a brilliant late goal by on-loan striker Fabio Borini.
The hosts made the perfect start at the Stadium of Light when Stephen Fletcher opened the scoring in the 5th minute. The striker rose highest to meet a well-worked Adam Johnson and Sebastian Larsson short corner routine, and placed his header past Newcastle goalkeeper Ruud Krul.
The visitors hardly produced any moments of quality with French midfielder Yohan Cabaye having to test Kieren Westwood from a long-range effort and a free-kick.
Fletcher then had a chance to double the Black Cat’s advantage, the Scottish striker forcing a good save out of Krul just before the end of the first-half.
Newcastle then grabbed the equaliser in the 57th minute when Ben Arfa’s low cross evade everyone inside the penalty area but teammate Debuchy, who ghosted past midfielder Adam Johnson to slot home at the back post.
Cabaye then almost grabbed the lead for the away side, curling an effort just wide of Westwood’s far post.
Poyet then decided to make an inspired attacking substitution bringing on Borini; the striker on loan from Liverpool. The young Italian then rounded off a flowing move to grab his first goal for Sunderland with a wonderful strike.
Swansea 0-0 West Ham: Swansea and West Ham played out to the only draw of Sunday’s Premier League fixtures at the Liberty Stadium.
The stalemate did see Michael Laudrup's men enjoy the majority of possession but his side could not find a way past a well organised West Ham defence.
The visitors from London did however have chances of their own and tried to catch the Welsh hosts on the counter-attack.
Stewart Downing had the first chance of the game, the winger cut in from the left and had a shot well saved by Swan’s goalkeeper Michel Vorm at his near post.
Chico Flores then came close for the home side, but his header was aimed straight at Hammer’s keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, following a corner by Jonathan de Guzman.
Substitute Wilfried Bony had the best chance of the second-half forcing Jaaskelainen into a superb reflex save from six yards out.
Both teams however had to settle for a draw in south Wales, leaving Swansea without back-to-back wins in the Premier League this season.
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