Newcastle Can Get Second Double With Win At Sunderland


Newcastle were not the only Premier League side to be eliminated at the first hurdle last Saturday, as local rivals Sunderland also had a surprise 3-1 defeat against Notts County at the Stadium of Light.

Kevin Nolan – pleased with Newcastle league performance so far

So Sunderland will be hoping to bounce back from the embarrassing defeat,  just like Newcastle will, and so the local derby is well set up for a another great game.

Of course Sunderland will also be hoping to make up for their 5-1 pounding at St. James’ Park, and will have seen that Newcastle can still hit the heights with our 5-0 hammering of West Ham last week, with both our top strikers missing.

Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has said that both sides are well positioned in the league, which is very good for the area.

This is what Kevin said today:

“We’re eighth and they’re sixth. It’s great for the region and really sets up the derby. It’s fantastic. We have got to be so happy, the way we have come into the Premier League.”

“The Tyne-Wear derby is going to be a classic. Obviously, they are a wounded animal after what happened at St James’ the last time we met, but it is up to us to go there and make sure we put in another professional performance. Hopefully if we do that, our strategy goes according to plan.”

“I joined this club before the derby two seasons ago and made my debut in it. At that time, it was almost as if the clubs were dragging each other down, so it is nice to be going into one with both teams going well in the Premier League.”

Sunderland are 5 points ahead of Newcastle on 33 points but have played one more game, but there’s no doubt they are well positioned to challenge for Europe.

We don’t like to talk too much about Europe this season, because we are still not a consistent side at all, as we demonstrated so well last Saturday, when we were outplayed by a division four side – let’s update that – well outplayed by a division four side.

Of course Newcastle were missing 7 first team players, but the Newcastle squad should be good enough to beat the lower league sides, but it certainly wasn’t the case on on Saturday,  which is rather worrying.

Nolan continued:

“That is what we want. No matter what, we want healthy competition in our region and the fact is that Sunderland have a fantastic chance of Europe, and Steve Bruce has done a great job there.”

“I know he has had a lot of money to spend,  but he has still had to produce the results and I think they have done really well. Hats off to them.”

“Hopefully, if we get the money, we can spend like they have done and then start pushing them because they have really got to be looking at Europe, while we are a team that has just come up and cannot allow ourselves to get carried away about what we have done this year.”

Both the Newcastle and Sunderland sides will have a chance to make it up to their fans this coming Sunday afternoon, after their ignominious exits from the FA Cup, and it’s a toss up as to which side will win the game.

But last time out, Newcastle got their first double of the season when they beat West Ham for a second time, and we are hoping for our second come Sunday night.

In the relegation season, Newcastle had but six wins and only one double – against WBA (2-1 at home and 3-2 away), and since Newcastle already have 8 wins and 9 come Sunday evening –  the lads are doing very well indeed – at least in the league.

The FA Cup was not a priority this season in any case. 😀

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24 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I see Fulham are ready to offer £4M for SW Phillips.

    Liverpool want Ricky Van Wolfswinkel.

    Its looking very much like big fat Sol will be going back to Arsenal.

    Any more news on Seb Larsson?

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  • daneevz

    Jan 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    We will be firing on all cylinders come sunday we have more team spirit and belief than them average mackems so hopefully be a good result depending on what newcastle side turns up but for games like this always the tru newcastle turn up(hopefully)

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    do you reckon there is ne chance if we let sol go to arsenal for free we stand a better chance of loaning vela

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    @ toonfan09 // Jan 11, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Maybe, maybe thats what AP meant when he said one deal may lead to another?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    The more I hear about Larsson, the more underwhelmed I feel and even more underwhelmed about Bothroyd !

    Would be much more excited if we follow up alleged interest in El Arabi, Taraabt and Ziani.

    Larsson will just keep our crappy long ball game going. People keep going on about about wingers and hit & hope crosses, what about playing through midfield with a bit of method ?

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  • daneevz

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    vela would be interesting! does posses a quality but heard he hoping to go on loan to spain.

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    wenger wants to loan to the premier league because he said its pointless getting experience in a foreign league

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Rotonda heights // Jan 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    The problem with:

    “El Arabi, Taraabt and Ziani”

    They are all from outside the PL and, as well we know, some players do not take well to the change.

    I think it is much less of a risk to us to get seasoned EPL players in then they can hit the ground running.

    I know it is also nice to have an ‘unknown’ quantity like Ben Arfa, but remember all those who did not make it!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Richy,

    I appreciate that, but we desperately lack any flair and creativity and ” game changers ”

    I think larsson is adequate, but has no x factor.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    the article syas we hammered West ham with both our top strikers missing.

    Hate it when shola is described as a TOP striker.

    Dear lord

    I think vela if he came will suffer the way Guissepe rossi did. i feel AL Arabi be a better option

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  • munch27

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I mean wtf is it being played on a sunday @ noon for but not televised ?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    @ Indian Magpie // Jan 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    “we hammered West ham with both our top strikers missing.”

    SURELY must mean Carroll and Xisco!

    LOL

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    @munch27 // Jan 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    HIGH NOON!

    Something to do with policing I think

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  • munch27

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    I understand an early kick off to keep the peace but why a sunday it doesn’t make sense.

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    our game was advertised loads on espn yet they aint showing it

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  • jarra geordie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    game on early so it gives less time for the beer monsters to full of jungle juice and go apeshit at eachother…remember the cup game between millwall and the hammers? had to go ahead in the evening and look what happened. Still its bollocks that its not on TV but you can usualy get a decent stream from FSI although the sound is sometimes off or foreign commentators

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Ed – in the relegation season we had 7 wins,

    Bolton
    West brom (2)
    Aston Villa
    Spurs
    Pompey
    Borough

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda heights is right on,we need a game-changer and Adel Taarabt wouldn’t be such a huge risk becoz he’s played in the PL before. We need this type of player,it was sickening watching our midfielders being afraid to get on the ball and make things happen against Stevenage. I wish we can get a little flair and confidence on the ball and mix it with the grit and hardwork we already have in central midfield. A Ziani,Taarabt type of player

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    You guys seen that if Tiote’s appeal is rejected he gets an extra game ban for us wasting the FA’s time!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    More good news…

    Dan Gosling is set to play in his first Newcastle game in a behind-closed-doors practice match at the club’s Training Centre this week.

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20110111/gosling-to-make-return_2281670_2263516

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  • balubas1

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #22

    I have a bad feeling about this game.. Sunderland looking sharp atm.. Only good news is that welbeck is out.. I feel he has been their driving force this season. They would be so much worse without onuha and welbeck… Hope the manchester teams take them home soon.

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  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    If Tiote’s appeal is turned down we could get T***ted against the Mackems.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Darn It. Howard Webb the refree for the derby. Useless Piece of Sh!t in my opinion. Overated

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