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Hat-trick or treat: Nolan and Co. hammer horror-show Sunderland



Newcastle 5 – 1 Sunderland

Hat-trick hero Kevin Nolan led Newcastle to their biggest win over Sunderland in 55 years as they humiliated their bitter rivals at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Nolan became the first player to score a hat-trick in the fixture since Peter Beardsley 25 years ago, in a stunning performance that ended a week of speculation surrounding Toon boss Chris Hughton’s future at the club. And speaking after the game Newcastle captain Nolan was quick to dedicate the famous victory to his under-pressure manager.

“He deserves that for what he has been put through this week. I’m delighted for the fans and for the manager. It’s fantastic, unbelievable. That hat-trick will live with me forever.”

Newcastle took the lead in the 26th minute when Nolan hooked home an improvised overhead kick after Shola Ameobi headed down Joey Barton’s corner. And the former Bolton midfielder made it two eight minutes later when he beat Sunderland’s offside trap to steer home Andy Carroll’s acrobatic knock-down. 

St James’ Park was rocking and Shola Ameobi sent the Geordie faithful further into dreamland when he stroked home from the spot in the 45th minute after Nedum Onuoha felled Jonas Gutierrez.

Nolan scores his second
Two Easy: Nolan's second goal sends the Toon Army into raptures

Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland just seven minutes after the re-start when former Newcastle flop Titus Bramble picked up his marching orders for a clumsy lunge on Carroll. Referee Phil Dowd deemed the challenge worthy of a red card and Bramble left the field to possibly the loudest cheer he’s ever received at St James’ Park.

Bramble fells Carroll
Titus Shamble: Last man Bramble hacks down Carroll

Carroll continued to torment the Black Cats defense and when his thunderous header from the returning Danny Simpson’s cross rebounded off the bar, Ameobi was on hand to lash home his second and Newcastle’s fourth in the 70th minute. Before man of the match Nolan hammered the final nail into Sunderland’s coffin when he sealed his hat-trick with an unmarked header five minutes later.

Newcastle and Sunderland fans
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Darren Bent’s late strike offered scant consolation as Sunderland slipped to their first defeat in seven games leaving Back Cats boss Steve Bruce to rue his side’s horror Halloween performance.

The Geordie-born manager said:

“It’s very difficult and will take some repairing. All I can do is apologize. To get beaten as badly as that, here of all places, will take a lot of recovering.

“We got our backsides smacked, no excuses. It is very painful and that is up there with the worst of them because no-one could see it coming.”

One man who enjoyed every minute of the game was Toon chief Hughton who received loud chants of support from the home fans throughout the game.

Chris Hughton celebrates
The Hu-ture's Bright: Hughton rejoices as his side's performance silences speculation about his future

Hughton beamed:

“I’m a very, very proud man after watching my players put in an outstanding performance. They made a very tough game look very comfortable. The first goal was crucial but once we scored, I was delighted to see them pushing for a second, then a third, fourth and fifth.”

The result sees Newcastle move up to seventh in the table ahead of next weekend’s testing trip to the Emirates to take on Arsenal.

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When I was six I won an award at my local club where Andy Cole and Rob Lee were special guests at the presentation night. After having my photo taken with them for the local newspaper my family suggested I become a Newcastle fan. So for my next birthday I asked for a Newcastle top with Ginola printed on the back (which I can just about still squeeze in to) and became a Newcastle fan in a sea of Man Utd and Arsenal fans. A rose among thorns! As Newcastle challenged for the Premier League title I grew up pretending to be Shearer, Ferdinand or Asprilla. I even had a spell as Philippe Albert after his chip against United. But nowadays I’m just relieved to get through Sunday morning football without being compared to Boumsong... When I graduated from University my dream of captaining Newcastle and leading them to the Premier League title wasn't looking too good. However, I still dreamt of working within the world of football and I decided to train as a sports journalist. I am now looking to establish myself as a football journalist and hope my articles on Soccerlens will help get me started!