Last Updated: 31/10/10 6:00pm
The final whistle goes and Newcastle have a special moment to savour, having crushed their local rivals 5-1.
Newcastle have just taken their foot off the gas over the last few minutes and it is left to Krul to keep Bent at bay.
GOAL Bent nets a consolation goal for Sunderland right at the death, poking home from close range after a corner.
There is a rare opportunity for Sunderland as Bent stings the palms of Krul, but it is straight at the keeper and a routine save.
Turner's back-pass for Mignolet is almost like a shot and the keeper does well to bring the ball under control before clearing, with Ranger bearing down on goal.
There will be no hat-trick for Ameobi but he receives a terrific ovation as he goes off to be replaced by Ranger.
Ameobi shows his aerial prowess again to head Gutierrez's high cross back across goal, but Carroll cannot quite get on the end of it.
There is so much pushing and shoving in the Sunderland area as Newcastle wait to take a corner that the referee has to warn the players about their conduct yet again.
Newcastle are finding it so easy to keep possession and will feel they could add a sixth at any moment.
Cattermole is withdrawn for the closing stages as Mensah comes on in an effort to shore up the defence.
GOAL And Nolan has his hat-trick with the simplest of headed finishes from close range after Ameobi had won the ball in the air from Barton's corner.
Turner is shown a yellow card for bringing down Carroll just outside the area as Newcastle hunted a fifth.
GOAL Newcastle get their fourth and Ameobi has his second, smashing a volley home from 12 yards after Carroll had hit the crossbar with a header.
Bardsley almost pulls a goal back for Sunderland with a neat strike from inside the area, but the ball is diverted behind for a corner by a combination of Krul and Williamson on the line.
Gutierrez works Mignolet from the edge of the area but it is a tame effort and comfortable save for the keeper.
Enrique shows petulance to push Cattermole and is spoken to by both the referee and his team-mates, who do not want to go down to ten men.
It looks like a case of damage limitation for Sunderland from now on as Turner brings down Ameobi but escapes without a booking.
There is a relaxed mood around St James' Park and the home fans will be convinced the points are in the bag.
Bruce reacts to the sending-off by taking off Welbeck and bringing on Richardson, just back from an injury lay-off.
The resulting free-kick comes to nothing but Newcastle win a corner and Carroll powers a header just over.
A tough job for Sunderland has now become an impossible mission as former Newcastle defender Bramble is sent off for a foul on Carroll just outside the corner of the area, with the referee ruling that it was a goalscoring opportunity.
Nolan has adopted a shoot on sight policy as he looks to complete a hat-trick but on this occasion his long-distance effort is well off target.
Welbeck tries a bit of ball-juggling in the Newcastle area but Carroll is back there again to clear.
There is plenty of urgency about Sunderland in the early part of this second period but they probably need to pull a goal back very quickly if they are to have any chance.
The Black Cats immediately win a corner but Carroll's height comes in useful at the back as the Newcastle striker makes a headed clearance.
Sunderland, trailing 3-0, get the second half started. There have been no further changes at the break.
Sunderland barely have time to restart play before the whistle goes for half-time, and they face an uphill climb to get back into the game from 3-0 down.
GOAL Ameobi steps up and that is just about the perfect penalty as he puts his spot-kick right into the corner, all along the ground.
PENALTY Gutierrez is felled by Onuoha inside the area and the referee has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Two minutes of stoppage time have been signalled but the momentum is still with Newcastle as they look for a third before the interval.
The yellow cards are coming thick and fast as Simpson is booked for a reckless tackle, despite getting a foot to the ball.
Onuoha becomes the latest player into the book following a foul on Gutierrez down Newcastle's left wing.
Sunderland enjoy a brief spell of possession as they look for a foothold in this game before half-time.
Elmohamady is the man to be sacrificed as Gyan comes on to give the Black Cats more of a goal threat.
Bruce has clearly decided he cannot wait for half-time and is already preparing a change, with Gyan getting ready on the bench.
Newcastle appear firmly in command of this clash now and Sunderland have definitely lost their defensive organisation.
GOAL Newcastle are slightly fortunate as a wayward Carroll cross-shot falls to Nolan, who controls with his chest and has all the time in the world to tuck a shot past Mignolet.
Malbranque is the first Sunderland player to be cautioned after a clumsy challenge on Barton down the right wing.
Nolan tries his luck again and is not far away with a shot that flies narrowly wide of Mignolet's right-hand post.
The crowd is in good voice and cheers go up as Cattermole slips whilst attempting a shot and fails to trouble Krul.
GOAL A third corner in quick succession is not dealt with by Sunderland and Nolan, with his back to goal, improvises well to steer the ball home with an overhead kick.
Sunderland suddenly look rattled as the Magpies win another corner, which is half-cleared before Barton's low drive from distance is tipped behind by Mignolet.
Newcastle earn a corner and Carroll gets on the end of Barton's deep delivery. Mignolet dives to make the save and Coloccini cannot direct the rebound home.
Gutierrez is having a busy spell as he looks to cut in from the left but is stopped in his tracks by a solid Onuoha challenge.
Gutierrez opts to cross this time but his delivery is poor and it is an easy clearance for Bramble on the edge of the box.
There is an audible buzz around the ground as Gutierrez surges down the left, but Turner soon silences the crowd with a well-timed tackle.
There are appeals for a penalty, from the crowd at least, as Carroll goes down in the visiting area under pressure from a couple of defenders.
Barton picks out Ameobi with a superb crossfield pass but the striker never quite gets the ball under control and Sunderland see off the threat.
Sunderland look to release Bent through the middle but he barges over Williamson and a free-kick is awarded in Newcastle's favour.
Both sides are still battling for control at this early stage with neither able to keep possession for too long.
There is a brief delay as referee Phil Dowd speaks to Cattermole following a couple of heavy challenges.
Carroll makes a thrilling break from the halfway line and it looks like he will create a shooting opportunity for himself, but Bardsley is covering and tackles well.
Bent bursts into the area but Williamson tracks back well to slide in with a perfectly-timed challenge.
Henderson lets fly with a half-volley from outside the area. He shows good technique and generates a lot of power, but the ball sails over the bar.
There is not surprisingly a fast tempo to the game in the opening minutes as both sides press quickly when not in possession.
Mignolet flaps at the corner but Sunderland manage to clear and break quickly, but Welbeck is perhaps a touch selfish when he could have passed to Bent and the danger fizzles out.
Tiote wins a free-kick for the Magpies in a central position 35 yards from goal and Barton goes for goal, but Bardsley makes the headed block and concedes a corner.
Carroll gets on the ball immediately down the left as Newcastle keep possession well and apply the early pressure.
Sky Bet's Tom Davies says: "Chris Hughton got the backing of Newcastle midweek and a win against rivals Sunderland will only boost his job security. On the pitch both leading strikers have been backed for the first goal, with both Carroll and Bent 5/1 to notch first." Newcastle are at 11/10 with Sunderland 13/5 and the draw 9/4.
Leighton in Newcastle says: "I predict a 3-1 win for the Magpies, the Black Cats defence is no match for our awesome strike force!"
Newcastle: Krul, Jose Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Carroll. Subs: Soderberg, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Ranger.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bramble, Turner, Onuoha, Henderson, Cattermole, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Welbeck, Bent. Subs: Gordon, Richardson, Mensah, Zenden, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Gyan.
Will has been in touch to suggest that it will be a close derby with not many goals, saying the 'loveable' Joey Barton could get the winner.
The team news is in and Hughton has welcomed back his big guns, making nine changes from the side beaten by Arsenal in the Carling Cup. Sunderland counterpart Bruce has stuck with the same XI that lined up against Aston Villa.
Matthew in Sunderland has emailed in to predict a 3-1 win for the Black Cats, with Darren Bent scoring the first goal. Steve agrees, saying: "I feel Sunderland will be too strong for The Magpies today. Elmohamady has been quality since joining us on loan. We have really tightened up at the back since Steve Bruce has brought in Bramble and Onuoha. Now for the result. I am certain it will be a 2-0 win with Bent bagging a couple."
Let us know your views and predictions by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com. Who is going to come out on top at St James' Park this afternoon? Will Newcastle be able to break down Sunderland's stubborn defence? The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players?
Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Newcastle's Premier League game against Sunderland. Any Tyne-Wear derby is an eagerly-anticipated occasion and supporters have had to wait a long time for the latest instalment as the teams did not meet last season with the Magpies in the Championship. But Chris Hughton's Magpies are now back in the top flight and will be looking to consolidate their position in mid-table by picking up their first home win since August. The Black Cats are one point better off than their local rivals having made an impressive start to the campaign, keeping some of the top sides in the division at bay and recording three straight clean sheets.