GIF: Steven Fletcher Gives Sunderland Early Lead in Tyne-Wear Derby

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVOctober 27, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 19: Steven Fletcher of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Sunderland at Liberty Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Gus Poyet said before the match that Sunday's derby with Newcastle was the perfect game for his Sunderland side to turn their season around, and the players look like they have taken that to heart.

It took barely five minutes for the Black Cats to take the lead at the Stadium of Light, Steven Fletcher rising highest to nod home Adam Johnson's clipped cross, after Newcastle had failed to properly close down a short corner.

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How will Newcastle respond to the setback?

(GIF via @Feintzebra)