This will be Alan Pardew’s first game at St. James’ Park in the Tyne Wear derby game on Sunday.
Alan Pardew – gets side ready for big test against Sunderland
Pardew has fared very well against Sunderland in his derby game sat the Stadium of Light and we won 1-0 in August and were winning 1-0 back in January before Sunderland equalized in the third minute of injury time.
In this game Newcastle will be expected to win the game although Saturday’s second half display was a little worrying.
Bu Sunderland also didn’t play well over the weekend, in fact they put in their worst display under Martin O’Neill when they went crashing 4-0 at West Brom.
Alan talked to the local press today:
“Sunderland have had a heavy result, and they’ll be coming here to put that right.” “We’ve had the disappointment of leading 2-0 and getting pegged back.”
“Both teams look like they’re in good shape to have a bit of a ding dong.” “We’ve got a great points total, and it’s another point.”
“Never underestimate a point in the Premier League.” “On injury problems I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.”
We were devastated on Saturday that Newcastle couldn’t hold onto a 2-0 lead at St. James’ Park in front of 52,287 fans – a complete sell-out.
But we couldn’t, and credit has to be given to new Wolves manager Terry Connor, who cannily played with five across the midfield and got his players geared up for that second half come-back.
And Terry revealed that for the first three days of last week a lot of his players couldn’t train properly, as they were completely shocked with the dismissal of former manager Mick McCarthy.
So you have to give it to Terry Connor for making a good start to his new career as manager, and with Bolton and QPR losing, Wolves are now 5th bottom, one point above the drop zone.
Wonder if Joey Barton will be playing in the Championship next season, as they now have lost three games on the trot against Wolves, Blackburn and Fulham.
Giving three points to two of your relegation rivals at this stage of the season is not good.
And since Newcastle have not lost a game against Sunderland at home since way back in September of 2000, we don’t want to start this Sunday – that would be a complete disaster.
My arm started to hurt just thinking about it. 😀