It was extremely painful for Newcastle fans to have to put up with a second successive defeat by Sunderland yesterday, and the Black Cats had only one point from their first eight league games, but once again won the game against their local rivals, this time by two goals to one.
Alan Pardew – asks for support on Wednesday
We had mentioned how similar yesterday’s game was to the one in April – Sunderland hadn’t won then for 11 games, and hadn’t won yesterday for eight games, and in each case Sunderland had a new manager and it was their first local derby game.
And the outcome yesterday was the same, when a heavily favored Newcastle side let their fans down, and simply didn’t fight hard enough for the victory – whatever Alan Pardew said after the game.
But that’s behind us now, and next up are Manchester City on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup – that should be easy.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today in the local papers:
“I think we’ve got a group that’s experienced and I thought last time round, it’s different to this.” “We’ve got a better group and I think we’ll bounce back.”
“But we’ve got two tough games and we’ve got to make sure we’re solid because these are two or three games that are going to test us.”
“I hope the fans will be supportive of us on Wednesday because it’s an important game for us, and we want to try and get through in the League Cup if we can and set us up nicely for Saturday,”
“We’re very disappointed as you’d imagine. When you concede a goal in the 84th minute after you’ve bossed the game it’s tough to take.” “When we got the equalizer, the more the game went on, the more control we got.”
“If we’d got the second goal, the game would have been over.”
We’re not sure how we have a better group now than we did in April, since the only new player in the ranks is Loic Remy who is on loan for the season, but maybe Alan’s talking about the French players we got in January, now having more experience playing in England.
A win would be a welcome result on Wednesday, but somehow Manchester City always seem to get the better of us, one way or another.
We hope we can do well and get to the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup, and that could help raise the spirits of the Geordie fans.