Shay Given has told the new Newcastle lads in the team what to expect in the Derby game today at The Stadium Of Light against Sunderland.
Shay Given – old hand at these derby games
Shay told nufcTV yesterday:
“I’m sure the foreign lads have played in derbies before, but the Tyne-Wear one is quite something,” “The atmosphere on Saturday will be electric and I’ll try to get the message across to them just how important it is to the team and the fans.”
“It’s the game we all look forward and it’s massive for both teams.” “It’s going to be tough though.” “They have signed a lot of players over the summer and they probably have a stronger squad than us at the minute but it’s going to be close – they always are.”
“They haven’t beaten us there since 1980 and they will be desperate to do so this year. But we don’t want to be the team that is the first to lose at the Stadium of Light.”
That’s just one reason we will see Newcastle fighting for all they’re worth tonight, but we also need points, and we need wins to get us up the table. If Joe Kinnear can get us a few wins before his time is up at the end of November, we’ll still be in with a fighting chance of qualifying for Europe next season.
Given everything that’s gone on so far this season, that would be a massive accomplishment indeed by the team.