Newcastle have not beaten Sunderland in our last five encounters with them, and we have lost three in a row, and Alan Pardew is in danger of being the first Newcastle manager ever to lose four games in a row against the old enemy.
How Alan Pardew will look today id we lose – again?
Alan Pardew does not have a good record against Sunderland having only won once – at the Stadium of Light in August, 2011, in seven attempts since taking over the reigns at Newcastle four years ago.
These last two fixtures at Newcastle have ended up in 3-0 defeats for the Magpies, and we wont even mention we have conceded four goals in each of our last two games over the last week.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the game today:
“I think, this time around, we are much better set for this game than in the previous two here in terms of the spirit, quality and intensity in the group.”
“Those things are very important in this game. Spirit, quality and intensity – that wins you games.”
“There aren’t many managers who were here longer than me, although Bobby Robson was one.”
“But certainly, there have been many managers here who have not been lucky enough to be involved in as many derby fixtures. Hopefully this will be my turn again.”
We really need a win today, but we’ll even take a draw – anything but another embarrassing defeat which would be very hard to take for Newcastle fans.
One of our key players today will be young Jak Alnwick in goal, and it will be another test for the local lad, after he made one or two mistakes in the 4-0 hammering at Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Newcastle fans don’t seem too confident about the result, with almost 60% thinking we will not win this game.
How do you think the game will go today?
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