Kevin Keegan has a great record in local derbies against Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Kevin Keegan – no thoughts of defeat on Sunday
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThis is still a big game between two sides who are very much in form, although obviously Sunderland were beaten at home by Manchester City last Saturday.â€
â€œAnd I cannot stress enough the importance of the game to my players and I am sure that they already know what is at stake.â€ â€œBut if they donâ€™t they will certainly get a shock on Sunday.â€
Keegan has an amazing record in North-East derbies as Newcastleâ€™s manager, having remained unbeaten in all of his 10 league matches.
Kevin has a 100% record against Sunderland with four victories out of four, and in six league matches against Middlesbrough his record is four wins and two draws. So 8 wins out of 10 in local derbies isnâ€™t too bad is it?
â€œI cannot remember losing to them, and to tell the truth I don’t want to find out what losing to them means.â€
â€œI know I had a decent enough record against Middlesbrough although I can remember losing a League Cup tie against them in what I think was the last match.”
Kevin certainly has the right attitude and that will again rub off oin his players for the game on Sunday. But Roy Keane is a great motivator too, and make no mistake, he will have the Sunderland players fully ready for the game.
We expect a very good game of football – but we also expect to get the 3 points – fairly easily if truth be told.
What do you think?