The last time Newcastle suffered a second successive defeat by local rivals Sunderland was on 3rd March 1967, losing 3-0 at Roker Park after losing 3-0 at St. James Park on 28th October, 1966, so that’s 46 years ago. 🙁
But it happened yesterday and like it or not but these players will now be remembered for that.
Mathieu Debuchy in action yesterday
Newcastle have been inconsistent all season, and after playing very well in the second half with 10 men against the mighty Liverpool and getting a credible draw, how come Newcastle players were run off their feet by Sunderland in that first 20 or 25 minutes yesterday, when the Sunderland players looked like men possessed?
So now that Alan Pardew is the first manager since 1967 to suffer back to back defeats against Sunderland, what does that say about the manager and his players.
And it’s even harder to take because in April Sunderland were 4th bottom and that was their first win in 12 games, and yesterday that was their first win of the season after losing seven and drawing one of their previous 8 league games.
So we have been beaten twice by a poor Sunderland side, but they were too good for Newcastle, so where exactly does that put our team and our players?
It was not a good day to be a Newcastle United fan yesterday, that’s for sure.
I was shouting at the TV for them to wake up in that first 25 minutes – but for some reason – as my wife Madeline aptly kept pointing out – they just couldn’t hear me. 😀