Some of the performances from Newcastle players on Saturday were just not good enough, and that’s the last time we want to see such a gutless performance from a number of our players and just a terrible combined team performance.
Alan Pardew – close your eyes – maybe it’s not really happening
But the damage is done now and we’ve been clobbered at home 3-0 for the second season running and it’s been yet another humiliation.
And when thew club are bringing in some players over the summer we need to get some leaders in who will perform in these important matches and it will not be too much for them.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the game, and he was asked if it was a case of Newcastle players not being motivated enough:
“I have got to be honest, I didn’t think that was the issue today too much.” (that’s a surprise) “We had some performances today from individual players that really bemused me.”
“Having that moment around the box where you take that little bit extra time and the composure.” “Maybe the pressure of losing the last two played a part today because we certainly rushed possession.”
Whereas at Norwich – and I am only talking about three days ago – we were very composed around the box.”
“Obviously in terms of the league position, we are okay. But today is a blow that is hard to take up here.” “Football and this particular fixture means so much to the fans, and it will scar the season for us.”
“But the only thing I can do is prepare the team as best I can for next Saturday, and that’s what I will do.”
Certainly in the last three game the Sunderland players have been a lot more motivated than the Newcastle players, so we have to think that was a part of it.
But remember also, that these three defeats have been inflicted when Sunderland have been in the bottom four of the league in every single one of the last three derby games.
That’s what makes it even worse, and it’s not that they have a good side, although it seems that it’s better than Newcastle’s.
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