Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce has admitted that luck played a role in his side’s first win of the campaign.
A penalty awarded in the closing minutes of the first half and a red card for Coloccini opened the scoring for Sunderland, who turned up for the second half.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Sunderland put two more goals into the back of the net and turn the game around.
“We’ve taken full credit out of being a bit fortunate, I think, in the first goal. You get these in football and you’ve got to take full advantage – we did that,” the Sunderland boss told Sky Sports.
“We’ve won 3-0 against 10 men. It was our first win and early on we showed nerves that first it’s the derby and secondly we hadn’t won.
“We exploited space and scored three goals. We’ve seen a lot of them home and away taking the game to opposition.
“Where they’ve slipped up is that they’ve left areas where you can exploit them and we noticed that. We could see if you got down the sides and got balls in the box.”