After a spell playing for Toronto FC in the MLS, Jermain Defoe returned to the Premier League in January 2015, signing for Sunderland. He scored this memorable goal in his first Tyne & Wear Derby against Newcastle United.
On a weekend of great goals in the Premier League which had already seen world-class strikes from Charlie Adam and Bobby Zamora, Defoe’s effort ranked right up with these two goals. There seemed nothing on from the long punt up the pitch by goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Steven Fletcher won his aerial battle against Mike Williamson and his header fell into Defoe’s reach. He produced a clean connection on the volley and the ball flew into the top corner of the net.
It was the only goal of the contest as Sunderland continued their winning streak over their bitterest rivals, which means this effort was even sweeter for the Black Cats supporters.