Sunderland beat Newcastle 1-0 at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, for a massive win for the home side, and that was Sunderland’s first win in the last eight league games, and only their second goal in the last seven games, and it takes them up to 29 points, and just 6 points behind Newcastle, who suffered their fourth defeat in a row in the league.
Jermaine Defoe scores a stunner just before half time
It was Sunderland’s 5th win in a row against Newcastle – a record – and over the last eight derby games they have been unbeaten – another record.
Sunderland were again much the better side and were a lot more motivated than the Newcastle players, who were simply awful in that first half.
So much for John Carver’s claims before the game that he would motivate his players and Newcastle put in another tepid performance and at times they were a shambles – it was that bad.
John Carver seems out of his depth at this level, and we are just hoping that 35 points will be enough for this season.
The game was won by Jermain Defoe who scored a spectacular goal in the one minute of stoppage time in the first half.
Defoe hit the ball outside the penalty area on the volley, and the ball flew into the back of the net past Tim Krul – and the goal came at good time for Sunderland.
Newcastle didn’t get a shot on target in the first half and in one we were “awful” and though we improved in the second half but just a little bit.
Sunderland again created the better chances in the final 45 minutes, and should have won by a bigger margin, but they missed a number of decent chances.
Newcastle only came alive in the last 10 minutes of the game, but what were they doing in the previous 80 minutes?
This was another very poor performance from a patched-up Newcastle side, and the third straight defeat on the road by a cumulative score of 9-0.
And yet before the game so much was promised from both the players and the coach.
When Carver and the players come out in a couple of days, and say everything will be better next week and that they will try to beat Liverpool at Anfield next Monday night – don’t believe them.
Newcastle are struggling big time after the squad has been decimated by injuries, suspensions and some terrible management in the January transfer window, when Newcastle failed to bring in much needed reinforcements.
This is about as bad as it gets as a Newcastle fan and the club seems a shadow of what we were over ten years ago.
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