Once again, Newcastle United failed to match the heart and desire of their fiercest rivals in the Tyne-Wear derby and for the second successive time Newcastle suffered a soul destroying defeat at the hands of Sunderland.

Newcastle have been a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ side this season and their inconsistencies are costing them dearly. Last weekend they fought with ten men to gain a point against a strong Liverpool side but this weekend when it mattered most they failed to turn up against a struggling Sunderland side.

The warning signs were there with last season’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat still fresh in the memories of many. This was the perfect opportunity to get revenge on Sunderland and set the record straight, a chance to put last year’s defeat to bed and inflict more misery on Sunderland.

Sadly, that didn’t happen and Newcastle weren’t at the races as Gus Poyet proved to be a thorn in Newcastle’s side once again. With captain Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor unfit and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa suspended, Alan Pardew handed Paul Dummett his first league start. Dummett predominantly a left-back, slotted in at centre-half alongside Mike Williamson.

Local lad Dummett experienced extreme highs last weekend when he came on to score at the Gallowgate end against Liverpool but Sunderland exploited his inexperience in the first five minutes to score the opener.

The goal came from a Sunderland corner, Newcastle were napping and allowed Adam Johnson all the time in the world to collect the ball from a short corner and whip in a cross to the back post. Steven Fletcher cannily out-jumped Dummett and met the cross with a thumping header, sending the away fans into raptures.

After receiving the biggest wake-up call ever, Newcastle were still second best. No heart, no desire and no passion but that’s not all Newcastle lacked. There was no guidance and not for the first time Pardew was tactically inept. Highlighted by the fact he changed his tactics half an hour into a derby.

Poyet’s side were fired up from the first whistle and gave Newcastle no time on the ball, pressing high up the pitch. Newcastle enjoyed a lot of possession with Yohan Cabaye and captain for the day Chieck Tiote on the ball. It was the use of possession that proved to be a problem as we created very little throughout the game.

In form Loic Remy was starved of any service and was wasted out on the left and Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran were ineffective.

Sissoko looked unstoppable when he first arrived on Tyneside but he has failed to produce the same level of performances since. He was replaced at half time by another man whose form has dipped dramatically since his arrival – Papiss Cisse.

Newcastle were poor yet still found a way back into the game. Hatem Ben Arfa moved out wide after Cisse’s introduction and fired across goal. With his effort heading wide, Mathieu Debuchy ghosted in at the back post and smashed beyond Kieren Westwood.

The game was there for the taking but Newcastle failed to take a number of chances. Newcastle turned to the man that’s famous for sinking Sunderland – Shola Ameobi. However, Ameobi failed to have an impact on the game.

Instead it was a Sunderland substitute that dealt the final blow. Fabio Borini popped up to score his second league goal, his first was also against Newcastle during his time at Liverpool.

Borini’s strike lifted Sunderland off the bottom of the Premier League table and now heaps the pressure on Pardew – a man that will be forever plagued with losing successive derbies.