The last time Newcastle won a derby game against Sunderland was nearly four years ago in August of 2100, and that’s when Ryan Taylor scored the winning goal with a superb second half free kick that flew into the back of the net.
Sissoko scores against Sunderland last weekend
Moussa Sissoko joined Newcastle as one of five French players in January of 2013 from Toulouse, so the big Frenchman has never experienced a win against Sunderland and in fact he has lost every single game he’s played against Sunderland.
And to think Sunderland have been struggling against relegation for the last three seasons.
Currently the Black Cats have a four game winning streak against Newcastle, their longest winning streak ever, and they will be hoping to make it five in a row a week tomorrow at the Stadium of Light.
This is what Moussa has said on nufcTV today:
“Everybody knows it’s a big game.” “I came here two-and-a-half years ago and we’ve lost every derby game, but now it’s a new game.”
“We have to do everything and try to get the three points, because it’s a massive game for us, for the fans, for Newcastle the city, for everybody.” “We have to win for us and for the whole city as well.”
“When you are captain, you are happy but for me it’s the same,” “I try to do my best every game, if I’m captain or not. The most important thing is the team, so if I’m captain or not, I want the team to play well and win.”
“I hope we can win the next game because it’s a massive game for everybody.”
Moussa will be the Newcastle captain in that derby game for the first time, with Colo still suspended, and we think we’ll get another stellar performance from the 6’2″ central midfielder, who’s had a good season on Tyneside – his best since he arrived a couple of years ago.
Another defeat would be too much to take for Geordie fans, and that would be John Carver’s 8th defeat in the 13 games he has been head coach at Newcastle – so that would be a 61.5% loss rate and only a 15.4% win rate.
But that’s only if we lose, and as we said that would be too much to bear for Newcastle fans.
We need to win this game and Moussa can help us do just that.
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