Feb 1, 2014 at 12.45pm UK at ​St James' Park
NewcastleNewcastle United

Santon (31'), Dummett (87')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Borini (19' pen.), Johnson (22'), Colback (80')
O'Shea (12'), Borini (20')

Liam Bridcutt delighted with Sunderland debut in Tyne-Wear derby

Brighton's Liam Bridcutt in action against Newport County during their League Cup first round match on August 6, 2013
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Liam Bridcutt admits that even he was surprised with how well his Sunderland debut went, as the Black Cats beat Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle United 3-0 at St James' Park.

Liam Bridcutt has admitted that his Sunderland debut could not have gone better after he helped his side to a 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle United on Saturday.

The 24-year-old midfielder was reunited with former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet on transfer deadline day, and the Uruguayan had no hesitation throwing him into the Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park.

Goals from Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback saw the Black Cats complete a season double over the Magpies, and even Bridcutt admits that he was taken aback with how well things went.

Bridcutt told the Sunderland Echo: "If someone tells you, you're going to win 3-0 on your debut against Newcastle, you'll take that! I was straight in at the deep end really.

"Gus has brought me in here to have a great opportunity to play in the Premier League and it doesn't get any better than that - making your debut in a derby and winning 3-0. It was a bit of a shock, but it was a good surprise for me really.

"We got a clean sheet and that was a massive positive for us. We dominated the second half, particularly towards the end of the game. We could have had a few more opportunities to score."

Bridcutt cost Sunderland £3.2m and was one of five January arrivals at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet celebrates after the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on February 1, 2014
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