NEWCASTLE United failed to show for the 148th Tyne-Wear derby as Sunderland boosted their survival hopes with a convincing 3-0 victory at St James’s Park.
Paolo Di Canio’s side were good value for the win which takes them three points clear of the Premier League drop zone.
Meanwhile, Alan Pardew was left to reflect on a lethargic performance which was met with a cacophony of jeers on full-time.
Stephane Sessegnon had opened the scoring on 27 minutes before the Black Cats confirmed their superiority with second-half strikes from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan.
United’s starting line-up had been strengthened by the return of Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Sylvain Marveaux and Yoan Gouffran, but they were second best throughout as Di Canio celebrated his first win at the red-and-white helm.
But it was the hosts who were first to threaten, Yanga-Mbiwa’s speculative hoist forward catching the visiting backline cold but, with Papiss Cisse giving chase, the ball skipped up off the surface and into the grateful gloves of Simon Mignolet.
At the other end Sunderland fashioned an opening for Danny Graham inside the penalty area and, when he dropped a shoulder to escape the attention of Steven Taylor, there was a shout for a spot-kick as the Newcastle man got to grips with the striker’s shirt in a bid to avert the danger.
With the Black Cats enjoying the greater share of attacking territory, their opener on 27 minutes was not against the run of play.
Jonas Gutierrez’s errant pass was seized upon by James McLean, who in turn fed Sessegnon 30 yards from goal.
The Benin international skipped towards a retreating home defence and duly located the bottom corner of Tim Krul’s goal with a powerful drive.
That goal, however, did spark a previously slumbering United into gear and within three minutes Mignolet had twice thwarted Cisse.
First he blocked from close range before hurling his frame to save after the Sengal striker had taken aim for the bottom corner from 12 yards.
But it was Sunderland who finished the half the stronger of the sides and, but for the gloves of Krul, they would have doubled their lead before the break, the Dutch keeper producing an instinctive stop to deny John O’Shea after he had climbed to turn Seb Larsson’s corner on target from just six yards.
Pardew acted during the interval with Shola Ameobi replacing the ineffective Gouffran.
But the United manager was soon forced into another change when Krul, stretching to collect a corner, landed heavily on his shoulder and had to be replaced by Rob Elliot.
His first task was to claim a lofted corner and from there the hosts attacked.
Yohan Cabaye’s clipped throughball was latched on to by Cisse and his half-volley was fisted to safety by Mignolet.
But the Toon No9 did have the ball in the back of the net just seconds later when he poked over the line after Moussa Sissoko had nodded Cabaye’s free-kick into six-yard area.
Celebrations, though, were cut short when a linesman’s flag incorrectly ruled Cisse to be offside.
Hatem Ben Arfa was duly introduced on 63 minutes as United’s final substitute and the Frenchman should have levelled when Debuchy’s headed cross landed on his brow just six yards out, his nod, however, was too high and the visitors survived.
And the Magpies were to pay the price for that miss when, on 74 minutes, a swift Sunderland break was climaxed as Johnson slid infield before dispatching beyond Elliot from 20 yards.
The home humiliation was complete eight minutes from time as Vaughan, accepting Sessegnon’s pass on the fringe of the area, hammered in uncompromising fashion into the far corner.
Newcastle United: Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 57); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 63); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 46); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell,
Sunderland: Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley (Jack Colback 54), Carlos Cuellar (Kader Mangane 71), John O’Shea (c), Danny Rose; Alfred N’Diaye, Sebastian Larsson; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, James McClean (David Vaughan 66); Danny Graham
Subs not used: Kieren Westwood, Matthew Kilgallon, Jordan Laidler, Mikael Mandron
Goals: Sessegnon (27), Johnson (74), Vaughan (82)
Bookings: Gouffran (24), Rose (37), Cisse (43), Taylor (45), Johnson (74)
Sent off: none
Attendance: 52, 355
Referee: Howard Webb