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Ryan Taylor’s set-piece prowess at their expense once made him the scourge of Newcastle United, but all that was forgotten as the stand-in full-back proved to be the match-winner in a typically robust Wear-Tyne derby which saw the hosts end the contest with 10 men.

Taylor curled home a stunning 25-yard free-kick from the corner of the penalty after Lee Cattermole had fouled Jonas Gutierrez shortly after the hour to settle a contest that was high on commitment, but sadly lacking in quality.

Taylor, who scored four times against his current employers for Wigan earlier in his career, stepped up to comprehensively beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as the visitors kept up their impressive record on Wearside, where they have lost just once in the last three decades.

The margin of victory could have been greater but for a glaring error by the officials after 15 minutes.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had called for an ‘astute’ display from Howard Webb, but the World Cup final referee was found wanting as Shola Ameobi rose to meet a Yohan Cabaye corner, his downward header flicked goalwards by Joey Barton, before Seb Larsson, guarding the post, flicked up an arm to deflect the ball to safety.

Despite repeated pleas from the Newcastle players, and after consultation with his assistant, Webb, who in any case was the best placed of the officials to see the infringement, awarded a corner as the injustice went unpunished.

Sunderland posed a greater goal threat early on, Asamoah Gyan clipping the bar in first-half stoppage time, after the Ghanaian had earlier volley narrowly wide from Larsson’s corner.

Taylor’s strike ensured justice was done in a second-half of few clear-cut chances, as Bardsley earned a red card late on for an over the top challenge on Fabricio Coloccini.

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