Marco Gabbiadini

Game of the Day: Newcastle 0 SAFC 2

by Ashley Houghton

We take you back 23 years to review play-off classic.

Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 2

16 May 1990

Goals from the famous ‘G-Force’, Marco Gabbiadini and Eric Gates, gave Sunderland one of their most memorable Tyne-Wear derby victories 23 years ago today.

The 2-0 victory sent the Black Cats into the play-off final at the expense of their rivals in front of 32,216 at St James’ Park.

Having drawn the first leg, and the two previous meetings during the season, it was an all-or-nothing affair for a place in the Wembley final.

Sunderland started nervously but those jitters were calmed as the visitors broke the deadlock on 13 minutes.

Gates latched onto Gary Owers' ball into the danger area and prodded past John Burridge in the Magpies goal.

Every Sunderland fan inside St James’ counted down the minutes from that first goal, and as the clock ticked on they were inches closer to a famous victory.

If the result was ever in any doubt, Gabbiadini made sure the Wearside fans would carry the local bragging rights when he linked up with Gates and smashed a left-footed shot into the corner, leaving Burridge with no chance.

A subsequent pitch invasion didn't affect the outcome as the players returned to the field to play out the final four minutes and secure a famous victory for Denis Smith’s young side.

Sunderland: Norman, Kay, Agboola, Bennett, MacPhail, Owers, Bracewell, Armstrong, Gates, Gabbiadini, Hawke.

Subs not used: Hauser, Brady.