Jermain Defoe celebrated his derby winner against Newcastle United(Image: 2015 Getty Images)

Jermain Defoe relives his stunning Wear-Tyne derby winner

Sunderland fans saw Jermain Defoe score a brilliant winning goal against Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light in 2015


Jermain Defoe has described the 'unbelievable' feeling when he scored a stunning winner for Sunderland in the Wear-Tyne derby.

Defoe's brilliant volley in first-half injury-time gave Dick Advocaat's Sunderland a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light in April 2015 - the Black Cats' fifth sucessive derby win.

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon's long clearance found Steven Fletcher who nodded it into the path of Defoe on the edge of the D, and his sweet strike left Tim Krul no chance as it flew into the top right-hand corner.

"Oh wow. 'Bang'. That feeling was unbelievable," the former England man Defoe told The Athletic.

"It was on my weaker side but as it came down, I was confident to take it on my left.

"It came behind me a little bit but it's just about concentrating.

"Volleys are difficult but with finishes like this, what you've got to do is try to hit the ball at its lowest. You can’t raise your leg at all.

"You need to really wait for it to come down as the pace is getting quicker as it comes down.

"If you hit it at the lowest point and lean over it, you'll keep it down.

"I always believe that if you train the way you play, then by the weekend, you have the confidence to finish. You have to be confident.

"You have to believe that you're going to score because everything else is explosive in the game.

"When you're through, you need to stay calm and relaxed. You need to think, 'Right, this is a goal'."
Jermain Defoe volleys home the winning goal against Newcastle United(Image: 2015 Getty Images)

When Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League in 2017, Defoe left to join Bournemouth.

Defoe has spent the last 18 months on loan with Glasgow Rangers, and in January the 37-year-old signed a pre-contract agreement to make permanent the move to Ibrox.

But when he eventually retires from playing, he has held out the possibility of going into management or taking on a coaching role somewhere.

He said: ""I don't know if these young forwards watch videos or study strikers.

"If I'm a young player now watching Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero or [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, you can still learn from them sitting at home.

"We're on YouTube now. I used to do that for hours watching Ronaldo - R9. You can't just go to training and think you're an athlete for two or three hours.

"I want to give something back.

"Managing, coaching, strikers' finishing.

"The satisfaction you'd get from seeing those boys go on and achieve great things in the game; I can imagine it must be such a good feeling."