John Carver the Newcastle-born Newcastle assistant manager, knows all about the Newcastle Sunderland derby games.
John Carver – Geordie fans can make the difference
John has come out today and said that the Newcastle crowd – it will be another sellout at St. James’ Park on Sunday, which it was last Saturday against Wolves - always do a good job for Newcastle in these derby games.
John will be working this week with Alan Pardew, Steve Stone and the rest of the coaches to plot a way to bring a valuable 3 points to the Magpies on Sunday afternoon.
We certainly need a win on Sunday to keep Newcastle high up in that league table so we can dream about a Europa league place next season.
This is what John Carver told the local press today:
“I have been thinking about it since we beat them at their place. It’s the game that everyone looks forward to, especially if you’ve got black and white eyes – which I have.”
“It’s a game that, while I know its a big important derby game, it’s all about the three points. I think our record over the past years has been really good against them and I put that down to the way our fans react at St. James’ Park in particular.”
“There’s nothing like it when they get behind us. I’ve said to one or two people who haven’t experienced a derby at St James’ Park, how special it is. I cast my mind back a few years ago to when Alan scored after a minute and it was one of the loudest roars I’ve ever heard.”
“The decibels must have broken all records!” “The hairs on the back of my neck are standing up thinking about it. There’s no better feeling. We had a really good result down there, though obviously they’re much improved.”
“They’re working a bit harder, it’s going to be a difficult game.” “They’re going to be working hard, getting people behind the ball, making it difficult for the opposition and playing on the counter attack. “
“The fans will have to be a little bit patient at times because they will get bodies behind the ball.” “But if they stick with us, we’re confident we’ll get the result we all want.”
We’ve found the Newcastle crowd to be so very patient in a lot of our games this season, and that’s just excellent.
Its a lot different from some TV viewers in far away places, who keep shouting at the TV when Newcastle are playing.
It’s going to be a difficult game to watch on Sunday afternoon, because you just never know how these games will go.
But if Newcastle are near their top form and our two world-class strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are sharp in front of goal, we have a great chance of capturing all 3 points to make up for the disappointment of only being able to get one point against Wolves.
A win and we’ll be in orbit on Sunday afternoon, that’s guaranteed.
Howay The Lads!!