It’s no good Alan Pardew coming out after another Sunderland defeat and saying that Newcastle were the better side, and that all Sunderland had to offer was passion, because after all in these derbies, what has being the better side got to do with anything?
And this is the first time in 47 years that Newcastle have suffered two defeats in a row against Sunderland.
Steven Fletcher scores after only five minutes
The result is all that matters in these games, and Newcastle were simply out fought by a side that was well prepared by Gus Poyet, just as they were well prepared by Paolo Di Canio in April.
But whether they will be good enough to survive in the Premier League is another matter, we don’t know because they will not be playing Newcastle in every game, although they probably wished they were.
It was the will to win this game that was the big factor in the game today, and Sunderland had a lot more of it than Newcastle, even after we had been humiliated 3-0 at home in April.
And Alan Pardew should hold an inquiry into how we were almost played off the field in those first 20 minutes – surely the Newcastle players knew that Sunderland were going to come at them with everything they had – which usually hasn’t been much this season.
And a team that had scored only 5 goals in their previous eight league games, and lost seven of them were still 1-0 up after just five minutes – how embarrassing.
Maybe we do have too many foreign players than is good for us, and maybe we will bring some British based players in during the January transfer window.
Bit this Newcastle side lost credibility with their fans today, because to be out fought by Sunderland, who won the game because of it, will never go down well with Newcastle fans.
So we have Manchester City and Chelsea at home next, and what will happen in those games we have no idea, simply because we don’t know which team will turn up.
Can you ever imagine something happening like today if a player like Kevin Nolan was in the side – it’s just a thought and we seem to be short of real leaders on the field at Newcastle these days.
What we probably have to do is lower our ambitions for Newcastle, we are becoming an ordinary side, even an ordinary club.
We don’t have the ambition that smaller clubs like Swansea, Southampton, Norwich City have, and to say that’s a shame is a huge understatement.
But that’s the state Newcastle find themselves in, after a second successive Sunderland defeat, and only the second away defeat to Sunderland in 33 years.
The good thing is we have two games in the next six days against two good sides, so they have a chance to redeem ourselves – but that’s what we were supposed to do today, wasn’t it?