Half-Time Report: Steven Fletcher's header gives Sunderland the lead

An early Steven Fletcher goal gives Sunderland a 1-0 half-time lead over Newcastle United in this afternoon's Tyne-Wear derby.

Half time in the Tyne-Wear derby sees Sunderland lead Newcastle United 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides looking to get on top in the early stages.

It was the home side who grabbed an early lead, though, through Steven Fletcher, who powered a header into the back of the net from an Adam Johnson cross to make it 1-0 on five minutes.

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher celebrate scoring against Newcastle United on October 27, 2013© Getty Images

The Magpies had their first real effort on goal after 12 minutes, but Yohan Cabaye could only fire over from 25 yards out.

The game sprung into action once again on 17 minutes when Kieren Westwood pulled off a fine save to keep out Cabaye's 30-yard free kick. Then, at the other end, Tim Krul did well to keep out Fletcher's fierce drive.

The away side started to control the possession on the half hour mark, but created very little as Sunderland's defence stood firm.

Hatem Ben Arfa had an ambitious effort on goal after 38 minutes, striking the ball wide of the post from 35 yards out.

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