It’s the first time in 91 years since Newcastle have lost three derby games to Sunderland on the trot – and anybody who saw the game yesterday – where Sunderland were once again dominant at St. James Park by a score of 3-0 – doesn’t necessarily think that run will end there.
We’re not exactly looking forward to our games with Sunderland next year – if the managers at the two clubs remain the same – which is likely.
Alan Pardew yesterday – a shambles
For the last three games against Newcastle, Sunderland played this game as though it was a derby game, and Newcastle haven’t.
Last year when we lost 3-0 we had the excuse of having just finished our Europa League campaign, but this time it was Sunderland who had been playing two games a week because of their two good Cup runs, and they hardly looked tired or jaded – just the opposite in fact.
As long as Gus Poyet remains manager of Sunderland and Alan Pardew remains manager of Newcastle, the likelihood is that Sunderland will get the better of Newcastle.
And that’s because Gus Poyet again got the better of Alan Pardew in the coaching stakes for the fourth time running – twice when he was manager at Brighton and then when he’s been manager of Sunderland this season.
And Gus is in his first season and he’s already done the double over Newcastle and the Black Cats have won six of their last eight games and have 10 points from their last four league games – three wins and a draw.
And they are now in 14th position on 24 points, but still only 2 points above the drop zone, with Cardiff City and West Ham winning yesterday too.
Newcastle may still finish higher up than Sunderland in the league table this season – they are 13 points behind us – but with Sunderland in the Capital One Cup Final, Newcastle cannot claim to be the best team in the north-east.
What Newcastle players and coaches have got to do now is to get their heads down in training, and in the final 14 games of the season pay back the Newcastle fans for these humiliations they keep allowing against Sunderland, which are getting to be regular events these days.
There’s still time to turn things around – and we don’t play Sunderland again this season.
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