Newcastle fans have mental scars from the last derby game, when Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0 at St. James’ Park, after the Black Cats had not won one game in their previous 11 league games.
Alan Pardew – mental scars
Whether the Newcastle players have scars is another matter. but Alan Pardew today has said he hopes there are, and that it can be put to good use:
“When we beat Steve Bruce’s Sunderland side, he said to me, ‘You have just killed the next six weeks for me’.”
“That is what it can do. Or the opposite. I hope there are still mental scars from the last match, and that they can be used in a positive way.”
“If we get a win we’ll have 14 points and that is a really good total after the addition of one player in the summer.”
“Also, I want to be able to feel that it is three good Premier League displays in a row, as it gives good signals.”
“This game is tough for the managers.” “Even if you draw and have not performed well, it gets a huge amount of coverage and conspiracy theories.”
“Or adulation, perhaps beyond the performance, if you do well.” “But that tide of optimism can carry you and that is what we are looking for.”
On paper Newcastle should win this game, but strange things tend to happen in football, as we all found out in April, when in two successive games at St. James’ Park we lost 3-0 to Sunderland and 6-0 to Liverpool.
Newcastle need to have a very good performance at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, to start making up to Newcastle’s faithful fans, for those embarrassing defeats.