Newcastle Discipline Is Key In Sunderland Derby

We don’t know how many times Alan Pardew has watched the Newcastle – Sunderland derby of last Halloween day – but it seems quite a few times.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle discipline is key

Alan watched it on the day it took place, last 31st October,  and has seen it on video a few times  since then, and he thinks the Newcastle performance was first class, as he said today:

“I watched that game again yesterday. I watched it at home on the day, but I wasn’t really concentrating on it to be honest. I was obviously concentrating when I watched it again, and I thought it was a really disciplined performance from the team.”

“Newcastle caused Sunderland a lot of problems and produced a really first-class display. Andy Carroll was crucial to that. He affected the two center-halves and was a big feature in that game.”

“Is it strange that I don’t have that result in the bank? Possibly. Whatever we do between now and the end of the season, the 5-1 win is almost certainly going to be the stand out result of the season.”

“I’m not going to be able to change that, so I have to accept it. But that doesn’t mean to say that we can’t go there and win, and away from home, that would be some coup for myself. That’s what we’re aiming to do.”

“Whenever you go into a derby, there’s always an enormous electricity around the game. You have a special cup-final type experience.”

“But if you have good experience on the pitch and a game plan, hopefully you can get on the front foot. If you go on the back foot at any stage of a derby, you are in trouble. You’ll get dominated, especially if you’re the away team. So for us it will be a case of stepping on to Sunderland and meeting the challenge head on.”

“I hope my job on the sidelines is not too difficult. Usually, you only become active on the sidelines if things are not going so well. I’d like to think that the disciplined side of our game is correct, because that’s one thing that is going to be very important for both teams.”

“The discipline has to be in good order, and all 11 players have to know their roles. It’s very difficult to introduce substitutes in derby situations because it’s hard for them to pick up the pace of the game straight away. But in terms of the challenge on the sidelines, it won’t be a problem for me.”

Andy Carroll did make a big difference in that game, but the bad news of yesterday is of course that Andy is out of the game, and maybe the next one too, with his thigh injury.

So we are hoping that Shola Ameobi will be stepping up to the plate, but Newcastle showed against West Ham, without both local strikers,  that there are still goals in the side when the top two strikers don’t  play.

Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton will be two huge players tomorrow for Newcastle, but another key player – Cheick Tiote – will be missing through suspension.

There’s no reason Newcastle cannot beat Sunderland again, if we can play at the level of the last two league games – wins at Wigan Athletic and the 5-0 hammering of West Ham.

However, if we play like we did at Stevenage in that second half last Saturday, we’ll be beaten, it’s as simple as that.

So it’s again a case of which Newcastle side will turn up tomorrow – and we have to hope it’s the good one – the one that can get the double over old enemy Sunderland.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • dashu9

    Jan 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    1 st 🙂

    Heya all

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Were gonna smash them SMB!

  • toon_dog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    i work with a shit load of the unwashed and at first they were keeping quiet about the match on sunday, due to the fact they were jumping round like puppys saying were gonna thrash yous and then got there ass’es handed to them at the mighty st james but as time’s went on tiotes suspended and carroll being out there confidense has grew greatly.
    they have not been so mouthy but you can clearly see there confident of winning i just hope we go down there and shoot them down cos i will walk into me sunday nightshift yet again one happy man.
    they all reckon if fully fit there gonna start with bender gayman and wellbent and just go for it which is imaginable due to them getting buggered last time but hopefully we’ll win al be happy with a draw and if we do lose then for them to have any bragging rights they need to beat us by more than 4 goals IMO.

  • vic

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    There is suspicious that CASHLY accepted BIG MONEY for CARROLL who is going to SPURS in January.
    His misterious thight problem is realy misterious.
    31.12.10 Pardew: “Andy’s got a thight injury (when and where), and its being assessed”
    01.01.11 Pardew: ” Andy has traveled to London (Why not in Newcastle?) to see just how serious, or not serious, it is. We are all a bit in the dark at this stage” (Result of exam/investigations never been revealed)
    02.01.11 Pardew: “Striker now top priority in transfer window”…
    02.01.11 Pardew: “Andy could be back for the Tyne-Wear derby in two weeks time”
    07.01.11 Pardew: ” I’ve sent Andy away(?). He’s had a tough season so I’ve told him to get some sun” (what about reabilitation his misterious injury?)
    08.01.11 Daily Mirror story on Carroll thight injury on night uot after SPURS game (no any respond from Board or from Andy…)
    14.01.11 Carroll not even close to being fit for Sunderland . Has missed the last three games because of his misterious thight problem. Now he is going miss game with Sunderlend and “He’s ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE for Sunday and possibly an outside chance for SPURS” (!?..)

    What is going on
    My feeling is that dismissal Chris was a part of Cashley plan to get some money for the best England Striker cause Chris would never let it go.
    I hope I’m wrong and all this dark story with misterious thight injury is a part of the plan to mislead Mackhems before derby…

  • toon_dog

    Jan 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    @ vic // Jan 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    a was thinking along them lines like it all seems a bit to dodgy.
    if cashley had any sense he wouldnt dream of it but yet again we have seen him in action before and know wt he is capable off a personally cant wait for the window to close.


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