McCarthy struck home the winner from the spot, and his ninth goal of the season in the 57th minute, just six minutes after Dean Whitehead had missed a penalty for Sunderland.
On a night of misery for Black Cats boss Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke was sent off in the 71st minute for two bookable offences in the space of five minutes.
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