Sunderland coach Elliott Dickman has tore into his players after they came to St James Park on Monday night and were given a footballing lesson.
Newcastle United’s under 23s scored five and it could have been more, as they played their derby rivals off the park.
A healthy crowd of over three thousand toon fans enjoyed the Newcastle 5 Sunderland 0 scoreline and the performance that brought it about.
Seven years to the day since Ryan Taylor scored the ‘over the wall’ winner on Wearside, Newcastle United’s second string enjoyed a rare derby experience at St James Park.
It was the first meeting for a good few years, Sunderland now relegated to the second tier of the reserve set-up meaning they at last once again played their Under 23 local rivals in a league match.
Just before the 20 minute mark Callum Roberts put in a free-kick that was headed against the bar, then struck Owen Bailey before ending up in the net.
A few minutes later it was Roberts himself getting on the scoresheet, doubling the lead with a smart low finish.
Luke Charman then added two more goals after the break, before 18 year old Danish striker Elias Sorenesen came off the bench to conclude the scoring with five minutes remaining.
Brothers Sean and Matty Longstaff played the last half hour together, after the younger brother (Matty) came on with half an hour remaining.
Newcastle United Under 23s 5 Sunderland Under 23s 0
Newcastle United Under 23s:
Woodman, Sterry, O’Connor (M.Longstaff 59), Watts, Cass, Bailey, Barlaser, Allan (Wilson 52), S.Longstaff, Roberts, Charman (Sorensen 76)
Elliott Dickman talking to the Sunderland Echo:
“We were very poor, we are all devastated and disappointed and have to make sure we bounce back quickly from a very bad night.
“I couldn’t let that go.
“There have been some home truths said in the dressing room.
“The team we had out should have done a hell of a lot better than what it has done.
“When we don’t have the ball we have to be much better than we were, we gifted too many chances and far too many soft goals.
“It is important now they learn from it and bounce back very quickly.
“Nobody likes getting beat but when you lose to Newcastle in the manner we did, it is not acceptable.”