Barton, Hislop & more: Twitter reacts as Sunderland thrash Newcastle

Joey Barton and Shaka Hislop both tweet their thoughts after Sunderland secured an emphatic 3-0 victory over Newcastle United

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Ex-Sunderland man Michael Gray reminds the Magpies of the score Photo: Twitter/Michael Gray

Paolo Di Canio secured his first win as Sunderland manager after the Black Cats were emphatic 3-0 winners against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Stephane Sessegnon scored in the 27th minute before Adam Johnson and David Vaughan wrapped up the win in the final 12 minutes, with Sunderland moving three points clear of danger.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order as the Black Cats win a vital Tyne–Wear derby.

Former Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell (‏@FraizerCampbell) is thrilled to see Sessegnon put the Black Cats ahead: “Sessssyyyyy!!”

Ex-Black Cats star Don Hutchison (‏@donhutch4) believes it is a deserved lead: “Sunderland been by far the better side so far. Deserved their 1-0!”

Comedian Jack Whitehall (‏@jackwhitehall) makes light of the recent controversy surrounding Di Canio: “Paolo Di Canio’s goal celebration was class. I salute you sir. Actually wait not salute. Pat on the back.”

England all-rounder and Newcastle fan Luke Wright (‏@lukewright204) is greeted with bad news upon arriving in India: “Just arrived at the hotel in Chennai. Turned on the tv to see Newcastle 0-1 down to Sunderland! Big second half needed lads. #NCFC”

Former Sunderland midfielder Jason McAteer (‏@MCATEER4) enjoys Di Canio’s exuberant celebrations: “Yyyyyyyeeeeeeeessssssss Paolo. Go on aaagggaaaiinnin. #legendneedsnewpants”

Injured Sunderland striker Connor Wickham ‏(@ConnorWickham10) is thrilled for his team-mate Johnson: “Get in Jonno!!!!!!”

West Brom Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) is impressed by Vaughan’s strike: “Vaughan that is a #strike #worldy!”

Ex-Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand (‏@anton_ferdinand) reckons Vaughan’s goal was better than Johnson’s effort: “That was even better #wowzers!!”

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton ‏(@Joey7Barton) isn’t surprised the Di Canio factor is having the desired effect: “Script was written for Di Canio. How can a manager with that passion not inspire his players? Newcastle’s season unravelling.”

Former Leicester midfielder Darren Eadie ‏(@eadie11) rightly calls Newcastle’s next game against Reading a six-pointer: “Wow! Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3. Where did that come from? Massive game on Saturday against Reading now #ncfc!”

England’s Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan ‏(@MichaelVaughan) is thrilled to see Di Canio back in the Premier League: “Paolo Di Canio as a player and even more so as a manager is complete box office… #fact”

Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop (‏@ShakaHislop) is distraught with the result: “That hurt. Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland.”

Finally, former Sunderland midfielder Michael Gray (‏@mickygray33) revels in the victory: “Get in there…. Well done lads FANTASTIC #PaoloDiCaniooooooo #safc 3-0!”

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