One of the big problems with Newcastle this season is inconsistency, and therefore after a very good performance at Aston Villa to win that tough game 2-1, we managed to leak three bad goals at home to Hull City and lost 3-2, and we weren’t much better in the next league game when Everton took us apart in that first half at Goodison Park, and we conceded three goals.
Moussa Sissoko – in action against Fulham
Since then Newcastle have done quite well, with a good win at Cardiff City and a fighting draw at home to Liverpool, after we had been reduced to 10 mean when Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off just before half time.
And next up are Sunderland, who have one draw and seven defeats in their first eight league games, so that’s a red flag to us, and very similar to the situation when they beat us 3-0 at St. James’ Park in April, when they had gone 11 games without a win.
Alan Pardew has started Moussa Sissoko in all of Newcastle’s league games this season, but the Newcastle manager wants to see more consistency from the French International, who on his day is simply an excellent and powerful player for the side.
And it was interesting that Moussa was the one sacrificed against Liverpool to allow Paul Dummett to replace the departed Yanga-Mbiwa in defense last Saturday.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Sissoko in the local papers today:
“I think Moussa is a player who’s perfect for the Premier League in terms of his physical stature, his mentality, his work rate and his quality,” ”I think he’s getting the balance right.”
“He’s one of the players we’re looking to for consistency of performance.” ”If we can get him consistently in the sevens and eights out of 10, then he’s going to be a massive asset for the club.”
This will be Moussa’s second local derby and we have to hope Newcastle do a lot better than the rather pathetic performance at St. James Park in April, when we lost that game 3-0 to shame and embarrass the Newcastle fans.
Moussa and the other players can largely make up for that embarrassment with all 3 points at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.