Hughes makes the most of his second chance

Sunderland 1 Notts County 2

With their combined efforts, Notts County and Stevenage have ensured that this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby will on both sides be as much about righting significant wrongs as a battle for north-eastern football supremacy.

Having served three years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving, Lee Hughes knows all about attempting to make up for past misdemeanours that are rather more serious than the loss off a football match, however much emotional investment was made by both sets of fans on Saturday here.

The 34-year-old County forward received the now customary abuse from home supporters during his side's stirring FA Cup third round victory. He replied in the only way he allows himself to, doubling his side's advantage with his 10th goal of the season from a narrow angle 15 minutes from time, this after playing a central role in County's disputed early opener, which saw goalkeeper Simon Mignolet fumble Craig Westcarr's shot into his net thanks to Hughes' overtly physical presence, one that was overlooked by the officials.

"You take the abuse on the chin," the forward insisted after his sixth goal in seven games took the 1894 winners into the next round. He added: "The best response is to put the ball in the back of the net. I understand the abuse. When I was in prison I never thought I'd play on a stage like this. I'm gutted about what happened and I'm grateful to get a second chance. I feel lucky to be playing football again."

It's hard to have any sympathy with Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who in sending out a much-changed line-up, fell short on both respecting the opposition and the competition with almost predictable results. The assortment of reserves and recalls amid the sprinkling of first-team regulars was still worth the thick end of £50m, somewhat in excess of Paul Ince's collection of has-beens and those who never quite were, who sit 52 places below them. Hughes admitted: "I don't think anyone in our starting line-up cost a penny."

Darren Bent made for an uncomfortable finale for the visitors, converting an 81st-minute penalty after Ricky Ravenhill tripped Andy Reid, one of few Sunderland players to emerge with any credit. An 11th goal of the season was the only notable contribution from Bent or Asamoah Gyan, his partner in a £25m front two that is struggling to click. They weren't alone. Marcos Angeleri has impressed enough to have played for Argentina while Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros stood out for Paraguay at the World Cup.

"To go out like that was pathetic," Bruce, a three-time FA Cup-winner with Manchester United, two of those alongside Ince, admitted. He added: "Players have been knocking on my door asking for a chance but some of them did themselves no favours."

Sunderland (4-4-2): Mignolet; Angeleri (Bardsley, 70), Da Silva, Ferdinand, Richardson; Reid, Colback (Henderson, 61), Riveros (Elmohamady, 60), Malbranque; Bent, Gyan. Substitutes not used: Carson (gk), Reed, Adams, Bramble.

Notts County (4-4-2) Nelson; Thompson, Pearce, Edwards, Harley; Davies, Bishop, Ravenhill, Judge (Hunt, 79); Westcarr (Hawley, 89), Hughes (Woods, 85). Substitutes not used: Mitchell (gk), Lee, Burgess, Sodje.

Referee: S Attwell (Warwickshire)

Booked: Notts County Bishop, Nelson.

Possession: Sunderland 52% Notts County 48%

Shots on target: Sunderland 2 Notts County 3

Man of the match Hughes Rating 7/10

Attendance: 17,582

Arts and Entertainment
filmPoldark production team claims innocence of viewers' ab frenzy
Life and Style
Google marks the 81st anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster's most famous photograph
techIt's the 81st anniversary of THAT iconic photograph
News
Katie Hopkins makes a living out of courting controversy
people
News
General Election
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders