Sam Allardyce has never been involved in a game between Newcastle and Sunderland before, and the same can be said for Sunderland manager Roy Keane. But Sam admits he just cannot wait to sample the electric atmosphere of the occasion on Saturday.
Big Sam is right when he says the best way to put the antics of last weekâ€™s Portsmouth game behind us is to get a win on Saturday. We’re sick of talking about that game – it was so bad, so a better chapter can be written on Saturday to take us into the international break with a win.
Sam Allardyce – looking forward to electric atmosphere of the derby game
Sam talked to the official club site www.nufc.co.uk today about the game:
“I’ve heard so much about the derby and I’m looking forward to it,” “It should be an electric atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light and both sets of fans and players will be right up for it.â€
“It’s my first experience of a Tyne-Wear derby as a manager or a player and hopefully it will be a winning one.â€ “We want to win and I want my team to show who is the best in the North East.â€
“There’s no better place to put our poor away form right than in this magnificent derby.”
We have to admit to being a little bit dubious about this game, if we were to be brutally honest. We’re concerned, especially in the first 30 minutes. Any lack of concentration in this game and we could be punished. It may even be a good move to play young Steven Taylor in the center of our defense on Saturday. Steven can lead by example of what it means to play in a Newcastle Sunderland derby game. Saturday is not the time to make even more mistakes in defense and Newcastle have to come out of the blocks at full speed.
Anything less than that will just not be good enough. But weâ€™ll have our match preview tomorrow morning on the game and you can let us know what you feel on our Newcastle United Forum about the game.
Comments and opinions very welcome.