Midfielder hails team performance after netting derby stunner.
David Vaughan hailed Sunderland’s team performance after capping a Tyne-Wear derby win at Newcastle with a fine goal.
Vaughan picked a perfect time to find the net with his first strike of the season, arrowing a superb effort beyond Rob Elliot to put the Black Cats 3-0 up at St James’ Park.
Stephane Sessegnon and Adam Johnson also scored as Paolo Di Canio ended Sunderland's 13-year wait for a derby win on Tyneside.
I thought it was going to hit the post but it just bent in at the last second and I was delighted to see it go in
- Vaughan on derby stunner
“I saw Sess on the run and thought I’d try to help him out,” Vaughan said afterwards.
“He cut inside and I thought he’d chosen to go somewhere else, but he found me and I tried my luck.
“I thought it was going to hit the post but it just bent in at the last second and I was delighted to see it go in.”
Sunderland led when Sessegnon opened the scoring with a super low shot just before the half-hour, but Simon Mignolet had to be in fine form with two key stops to prevent the Magpies levelling before half time.
Sunderland pulled away after Johnson added a second goal with a curler before Vaughan sealed the points late on, much to the delight of Di Canio, who was left dancing on the field.
And Vaughan felt every single player gave their maximum in a typical blood-and-thunder battle.
“It was a great result – I was delighted to score but more pleased with the three points,” he explained.
“It was a real team effort and everyone played their part. Simon pulled off some good saves to keep us in the lead.
“Everyone worked really hard. We kept our shape and organization and broke well, which you saw with the goals.”
New head coach Di Canio cut an emotional figure on the touchline and was front and centre in the celebrations, where he was mobbed by his players.
And Vaughan says the Italian’s arrival has galvanised the squad for the run-in, adding: “It’s there for everyone to see what he brings to the club.
“He’s lifted the players and got us organised.
“He told us afterwards that we were brilliant and that it was a great three points. But we’ve got to focus on next week and not get carried away because there is still a lot of work to do.”