John Carver has talked about some of the good times he had in the Newcastle Sunderland derby games, and he has also talked about the lack of professionalism of Sunderland players after they had beaten Newcastle at St, James’ Park 1-0 just before Christmas with a late winner, after we were pressing for the winner ourselves late in the game.
John Carver – my record was quite good
This is what the interim head coach has said about the Sir Bobby Robson’s days, and Sunderland’s late winner earlier this season:
“My record when I was with Sir Bobby going into their house was quite good. We didn’t lose once.”
“We had some really good results there and some good performances.” “There was the case when Nobby Solano scored the winner, Nikos Dabizas, so they were good times. I want a repeat of that.”
“Even when the game had ended this season at home, and everybody had gone back in the dressing room, they went back out on to the pitch and continued.”
“Our groundsman wasn’t very happy because of what they were doing.” “It’s not good.” “You have to conduct yourself whether you win, lose or draw.”
“Like I say we got beat and conducted ourselves in the right manner, and if we win down there I will be conducting myself in the right manner.”
With both Leicester City and QPR – the bottom two clubs – getting rare wins yesterday, Sunderland really need a win in this game.
And if that happens we will see ourselves remain in 13th position in the league, a drop of four places this year since Alan Pardew left the club, and we will have gained only 9 points ( two wins three draws) from the 12 league games played this year under Carver, and we will have lost seven of them.
It would also be our fourth defeat in a row.
Everton beat Southampton 1-0 yesterday for their third win in a row, and they have leapfrogged Newcastle into 11th place, one place above Crystal Palace.
We really need a win today to overtake Crystal Palace and Everton and get back into 11 place, but we’d also take the draw.
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