Sunderland have lost all their four Premier League games this season at the Stadium of Light, and we have to hope that record continues on Sunday afternoon.
Alan Shearer – they are bottom of the league for a reason
Alan Shearer played in quite a few Newcastle-Sunderland derbies, and after the pitiful display by Newcastle in April, when we allowed the Black Cats to beat us 3-0 at the Cathedral on the Hill, this is a huge opportunity to put things right.
This is what Alan told the Chronicle:
“The memories of the last game will still be bitter and raw, particularly with Pardew and his players.” “This is a great chance to go out and change all of that.” “You can’t really get rid of that memory until you go out and get a result and beat them.”
“What you have to be careful of is that you don’t kick-start their season.” “Let’s be honest – it got Paolo the job full-time when he beat us so convincingly at St James’ Park last season.” “That kick-started their season and probably kept them up.”
“You have to be careful that it doesn’t happen again.” “They are bottom of the Premier League for a reason.” “We have to make sure that they stay there.”
We’re not sure what Alan means about the result getting Paolo the job full-time because he signed a two and half year deal in late March to become the permanent Sunderland manager.
Newcastle are the better side on paper, but we were in April too, and Sunderland had drawn four and lost seven of their previous 11 league games, and who would have thought they would beat Newcastle on that day in April?
The answer is – not many.
So Newcastle have to go into this game as we did the last two games at Cardiff and against Liverpool, and play at the highest level we can – and get some revenge for that huge defeat last season.
If Newcastle play anywhere near their best form we should be able to win this game.
What do you think?