Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was at least honest after the derby game today – but was hardly happy with his side’s second half performance this afternoon, as Newcastle again dominated the fixture.
Steve Bruce – relieved to take the point
As expected it was another sell-out in the North East for the derby game, and to be fair to both sides, it was another terrific game, played quite sportingly amongst the players, and that was good to see – except for one or two little skirmishes of course.
But newcatsle again got on top and took the lead in the 52nd minute through that Kevin Nolan fellow – you scored his 4th goal against Sunderland this season.
But for the second derby this season, Sunderland scored their goal in injury time, and this time it was a killer for Newcastle, since it cost the side 2 precious points, and they should really should have taken all 3 points.
But that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes – and these things tend to even out over a season – thank goodness.
So when do Newcastle win the game in the 4th minute of injury time before the end of this season? We’ll keep a check on that one. 😀
Bruce was hardly happy with his Sunderland team in the second half, although the first half was about even with both sides missing good chances.
We thought before the game that the extra experience of Newcastle players like Barton, Nolan, Coloccini (fantastic today), Enrique and Harper would allow Newcastle to win the game – and they nearly did it.
This is what Steve said after the game:
“When you’re behind in a derby game and score 30 seconds from the end then of course you are pleased,”
“To rescue it was very pleasing as we didn’t play at all well in the second half. Newcastle started brightly but for the half an hour leading up to half time I thought we were in the ascendancy.”
“Second half we just didn’t play and got caught up in the whole occasion again. We didn’t take the ball down and play as we normally do.”
“We can’t resort to just hitting it forward as quickly as we possibly can because we’re not that sort of team. However, we’ll take the draw, we’ll take a point.”
“The late goal was great for the fans, but for me it keeps us five points above them and ticking along with the big part of the season still to come.”
“You need a bit of luck in a derby game, it was our turn in the last minute. It was a great strike from Phil and it’s hit Asamoah on the chest – that was probably his best touch of the afternoon!”
“Newcastle was a handful and they’re a big, strong physical team. We struggled against that, I have to be honest, but today we’ve managed to get out of it.”
“We need to play the football we know we can. Today we got drawn into hitting the ball forward early which we haven’t done all season.”
It was another terrific derby game today, and credit to both sides, especially for that first half, and we cannot think Newcastle will be in a relegation trouble, after their solid performances in the last three three games, which have secured 7 points.
We must now just hammer Spurs next Saturday afternoon at home.