Yohan Cabaye has experienced one Newcastle – Sunderland derby game, and it was only his second game ever in a black and white shirt.
Yohan Cabaye – huge game tomorrow
That was the second game of the season after Newcastle had held Arsenal 0-0 at St. James’ Park the week before.
Yohan did not have a good game at the Stadium Of Light, and the atmosphere and tension seemed to overwhelm him, and maybe that isn’t surprising as he had never played in a game like that one.
There are local derbies in France, but nowhere near the magnitude of a Newcastle – Sunderland derby game – with two sets of football crazy supporters roaring their sides on.
Oh yes – it’s a sight to behold – to be sure. 😀
Cabaye threw his shirt into the away section at the Stadium Of Light after the game, which was won by a wonderful goal from Ryan Taylor, when he curled the ball home from the left wing into the top right hand corner of the net.
Yohan told the local press today about what he did at the final whistle:
“When we went over to the fans I realised what it meant to them to beat Sunderland.” “The crowd was amazing that day, which was fantastic for me as it was only my second game. It gave me a taste of what it was going to be like.”
“It was like, welcome to England! We gave a very nice gift to the fans that day.” “I have only good memories because we won.” “When I signed for Newcastle everybody spoke to me about Sunderland and the derby.”
“I was very, very happy at the thought of playing in this game.” “I hope that we can celebrate the win in the same manner after the game, just like we did at Sunderland.” “We can’t lose this game because we know how special this game is.”
“It’s special for the fans and for us and for the club. We can only get three points like a normal game!” “But it’s not normal because of what it means to the people of the city.” “So what’s most important for us is to keep 11 players on the pitch and to stay relaxed.”
“We have to be present and standing on the pitch if we are to win this game.” “We also have to win to end a run of two bad results for us.” “We lost to Tottenham badly. I know Tottenham are a good team but losing hurts.” “Against Wolves we started well but we left the gate wide open and dropped two points.”
“Now we have to focus on three points and afterwards if we win – that’s for the fans.”
We haven’t won in our last two games as Cabaye rightly points out, losing badly at Tottenham and only drawing with then 3rd bottom side Wolverhampton Wanderers, and after being 2-0 up too, so we really need to get a good result tomorrow, and hopefully all 3 points.
And with Arsenal at Liverpool kicking off in a couple of hours time, one or both teams will drop points, but maybe an Arsenal win is better for Newcastle since we’ll then be a clear 4 points ahead of Liverpool with 26 games played.
We think if we can make 6th position we will quite likely make the Europa League for next season and that would be simply terrific.
We’d also love to be above Liverpool in the league at the end of the season, and if Liverpool lose today and Newcastle win tomorrow, we’ll be 7 points ahead of Liverpool with one extra game played.
That cannot be bad, and no doubt manager Kenny Dalglish will be asking the American owners for even more money to waste – I mean spend – in the summer. 😀