Alan Pardew came out yesterday and said today’s derby game at Sunderland was all about some great players, and the manager seems to disagree with Steven Taylor, and says there are some Sunderland players who could get into the Newcastle side.
Alan Pardew – some great players on display today
The lads will make the very short coach journey to the Stadium of Light for a 1.30pm kick-off against Sunderland this afternoon, in a game that is being televised live around the world, and for some – like those Newcastle fans in California – it’s a 5:30 am kick off time.
Sunderland can point to players like Steven Fletcher, Adam Johnson and Craig Gardner, who could get into Newcastle’s side – maybe.
This is what Alan said yesterday about today’s game:
“This game is about great players.” “It’s about heroes. For Sunderland it may be Fletcher or Gardner getting the headlines, and for us it could be Demba Ba or Cabaye.”
“It’s those guys who we want to see on the back pages.” “It’s the strongest Sunderland side I’ve faced since I’ve been manager, and they’ve got a few players who could get in our team.”
“They have some outstanding individuals – Fletcher the pick of them at the minute, as he seems to be getting goals from everywhere.” “We are aware of him and they have forged an outstanding team unit.”
“Make no mistake, this is a difficult game for us and we won’t be taking it lightly.”
Of course football is a team game and great individual players don’t necessarily make a great side, and Bobby Robson proved that time and again when he was manager at Ipswich – and he took mediocre players and made them into a very good side who regularly finished in the top six in the league.
And it’s going to be a very tense atmosphere today, there’s no doubt about that, and of course if Sunderland win this game, it puts them above us in the league table, and they have one game in hand – so that wouldn’t be good.
Newcastle need at least a draw, but if we can come back well from our disappointing display at home to Manchester United last time out, there’s no reason we cannot get all 3 points today.
Howay The Lads!!