Newcastle have played well in the last two and a half games – the second half at Everton, and the games at Cardiff City and at home to Liverpool last Saturday, so we hope the lads can take that form to the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon and get a win.
Alan Pardew – question marks on players still exist?
That would make up for the disaster that happened at St. James’ park in April when we lost 3-0, and it will be almost the same players that Alan Pardew will use in this game.
And Alan Pardew is correct to say there are still some question marks hanging over some of the players, because after the 3-0 defeat by the Black Cats the team played even worse in the next home game against Liverpool and lost 6-0.
That was one of the biggest league defeats ever at St. James’ Park – and that was an embarrassing disaster to say the least – and we even had one fan try to take it out on one of the police horses after the game – but it wasn’t Gus’ fault. 😀
This is what Alan said this afternoon at his press conference, and he talked about the question marks hanging over the players, and the two times he has watched Sunderland play this season:
“This group of players have had question marks hanging over them at times, particularly after that derby defeat last year.” “I’ve never doubted the spirit in the group but sometimes you need a game like Liverpool when you are reduced to ten men for it to come to the fore”
“I think our fans saw that our players care very much and wanted to put in a performance that merited that.” “Sunderland did OK in both games I saw,and were a little bit unfortunate to lose both.”
“They have some good players and they certainly have the standard to stay up.” “But if we can beat them, we can put them in very difficult position although obviously, we want to win for ourselves.”
“It’s Gus Poyet’s first home game in charge so there will be an extra special atmosphere there, and we need to be prepared for that.”
Pardew is also under a bit of pressure on Sunday, because both time we have met Gus Poyet, when he was manager at Brighton they got the better of us, and some would say Gus out-coached Alan Pardew in both games.
So we need to see a top performance from Newcastle on Sunday – there are no excuses – and we need to win this game to make up for the embarrassment in April.
It’s really as simple as that.
What do you think?