Alan Pardew has said that he is ready for the hostile reception he and the Newcastle team will receive at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.
Alan Pardew – we’ve had lots of injuries
The Newcastle boss will be at Sunderland for the first time since a year last August when the Magpies came away with a 1-0 win, thanks to a Ryan Taylor special from a free kick in the second half, and we got 4 points out of Sunderland last season, and hope to do at least as well as we did last year.
According to reports both Alan Pardew and Martin O’Neill are on better terms than they were at the end of the derby game at St. James’ Park last season, when both managers seem to lose their cool and they were held apart by the 4th official.
This will be the 146th meeting between the two clubs, and Sunderland will be desperate to get a win, and Newcastle will be just as desperate to pick up all 3 points, as we are already 6 points off the pace we set last year in the league.
Alan Pardew talked today about the derby game sin the local press:
“The derby games are electric games. I can’t wait for it. The games over there have so much electricity.” “I can’t really explain to people. I was talking to Tony Pulis yesterday and he was asking me what my next game was.”
“I said ‘trust me, you haven’t got a clue’.” “I am not looking for excuses but we have not really been able to pick the same team in too many games because of injuries.”
“We had a nice run last year because we were fortunate in terms of injuries, this year not so much.” “It would be nice to have a bigger hand to select from, it’s always nice to have a nice poker hand.”
Alan Pardew is getting some of his top players back for this game, and injuries to players like Colo, Steven Taylor, Danny Simpson, Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote and others are one reason Newcastle have not started the season as well as we did last year.
But we should be able to field a strong aside on Sunday, and Fab Coloccini should be able to lead the team out, so it would be a good time to get back to our winning ways.
That’s what we are hoping for on Sunday.
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