Alan Pardew has talked about the derby game tomorrow, and we just hope that we don’t lose again to make it four defeats in a row – in short – that would be unbearable.
Alan Pardew – wants a win
Alan admitted in his press conference yesterday, that he didn’t get into the derby game and didn’t get too emotional about it like some of his coaches do (John Carver and Steve Stone no doubt), but maybe that’s even a disadvantage for the manager?
We have some difficult games coming up at Manchester United and at home to Everton, so if we are to do fairly well over the Christmas period of games, this is probably the best chance we have of getting all 3 points.
A win is what we need and a draw wouldn’t be good enough (but we’d take it).
This is what Alan has said about the game tomorrow:
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in cup finals and things like that but the electricity of this game is something you have to be at to appreciate, and I’m looking forward to experiencing that again.”
“The perception of the season could change. If Sunderland win then they’ve had a good first half of the season and if we win then we’ve had a really good first half.”
“Points-wise it’s still three points, and we must not get away from that. We are in a great position in the league and if we win then we can take ourselves right in amongst the top six again.”
“This is the period when top teams come through. There is no mystery to me that Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are all picking up now as they have bigger squads and real quality and they are in the groove.”
“If you’re going to make an impact you have to do it in December. We have got tough games and we’ve got to try get the best results we can.” “If we can make it through to January in this position I would take it now and I think we could have a good second half to the season.”
“This is an occasion, like any big derby, where some players just don’t grasp the intensity.” “Some players freeze and are overawed by the size of the fixture. I’ll be watching out for that.”
“You are looking out for certain things but it is a great occasion and you know the best players respond.” “That’s the sort of atmosphere you want to play in and I think most of our players are looking forward to it in the best possible way.”
“I think with us being at home and with where we are in the league we must be favourites, but the derby is such as game that really and truly it all goes out the window.”
We haven’t won against Sunderland since August of 2011, and our last home win against the Black Cats was in October of 2010, when we hammered them 5-1 and Kevin Nolan got a hat-trick.
Chris Hughton was also fired less than five weeks after that game – which was amazing given that great result – maybe we should have won 7-1?
I don’t know who would score the goals for us (Cisse and Perez – I answered my own question), but another 5-1 win would be good tomorrow.
In fact it would be absolutely great – come to think of it.
Bottom line – we need the points tomorrow.
Howay The Lads!!
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