After being hammered by Manchester City 4-0 in that first game of the season, Newcastle got a draw at home against West Ham, and then we beat Fulham at home and Aston Villa on the road, and in our next game against Hull City at home, 85% of Newcastle fans expected us to win.
Gus Poyet – new Sunderland manager
Spirits were high on Tyneside, and that’s sometimes a danger sign and we were absolutely hopeless in that game against Hull, especially in the second half, when we allowed Hull City to take all 3 points, after Newcastle were leading 2-1 at half time.
It’s a similar situation at Newcastle at the moment, and after a terrible first half performance at Everton, Newcastle came back in the second half with an excellent display, and then we beat Cardiff City 2-1 and held a powerful Liverpool side to a draw yesterday, even though we played 50 minutes with ten men.
And when Newcastle are flying high and expected to win – as we will be at Sunderland, who have lost seven of their first eight league games – then that’s a definite red flag.
It will not be an easy game on Sunday, and the situation is similar is what happened in our last derby game when Sunderland had lost eight and drew only three of their previous eleven Premier League games, and of course they went away 3-0 winners.
So Alan Pardew will have to make sure there is no over-confidence on Sunday, but that we go into that game to try to make up for what was an atrocious home performance last time we encountered Sunderland.
And we’ll not even mention that while Gus Poyet, the new Sunderland, was at Brighton, they beat us twice in the FA Cup over the last two seasons.
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