As Newcastle took a massive step up the ladder towards a place in the Premier League next season, Sunderland were sliding down another snake.
It wasn’t pretty at St James Park but a gritty 2-1 win over Wigan combined with defeat for Huddersfield, opened up a 10 point gap between the two clubs, with United having only seven matches left to play.
Meanwhile, Daryl Janmatt came off the bench to help Watford record a 1-0 victory over Sunderland, leaving David Moyes in desperate trouble.
The Mackems have now failed to score in their last five games and have won only one of their last 14 games (all competitions).
When Moyes and his Championship-bound players reached the dressing room, it got even better…sorry, worse, for Sunderland.
As Keith Downie, Sky Sports man who covers north east including the Mackems, put it: ‘Worst case scenario of an afternoon for Sunderland’.
Watford were obviously allowed to pull further away and are now 14 points clear of the Wearsiders.
However, it got a whole lot worse with Crystal Palace shocking Chelsea fans by going to Stamford bridge and getting a 2-1 win, this puts them 11 points clear of bottom club Sunderland.
Elsewhere, Hull came from a goal down to beat West Ham 2-1 and are now seven points ahead of the Mackems in 18th place.
Leicester beat Stoke 2-0 to pull 13 points clear of bottom.
Then finally, second bottom Middlesbrough meet fourth bottom Swansea tomorrow, a game that can have no good result for Sunderland.
Premier League bottom five now looks:
31 Crystal Palace (Played 29)
27 Swansea (Played 29)
27 Hull (Played 30)
22 Middlesbrough (Played 28)
20 Sunderland (Played 29)
Sky Sports man in the north east covering Sunderland, Keith Downie:
“Worst case scenario of an afternoon for Sunderland.
“Just can’t see how they’re going to pull it off this time.”