John Carver has just announced the Newcastle team to play Sunderland, and the surprise is that Jonas Gutierrez starts for the first time for Newcastle since he beat testicular cancer.
Sunderland: Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, John O’Shea (c), Santiago Vergini, Patrick van Aanholt, Lee Cattermole, Jordi Gomez, Seb Larsson, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham, Jermain Defoe
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Anthony Reveillere, Sebastian Coates, Liam Bridcutt, Adam Johnson, Will Buckley, Danny Graham
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Jonas Gutierrez; Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko (c), Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi; Ayoze Perez
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Vurnon Anita, Olivier Kemen, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
It looks like Jonas will be in central midfield and is preferred to both Anita and fit again Mehdi Abeid, and it’s good to see young Kemen on the bench.
Young Ayoze Perez is also in the starting line-up, and that’s an excellent move by John Carver to start Jonas, and if he is anything like he was against Arsenal in that second half, he could be a big player for us this afternoon.
Danger man Adam Johnson starts on the bench but we’ll see him sometime in the second half.
This is some of what John Carver has said about the game:
“Growing up as a Newcastle fan it’s the first fixture you look for on the list.” “As a manager it’s a proud moment. We all know it’s one of the biggest games in the North-East and so it’s something I’m more than looking forward to.”
“Our record isn’t very good and so I’m looking to break that. I think we have more than enough in the dressing room to do so. It’s a big occasion and we don’t want to make it five losses in a row.”
“There’s a lot of people out there that say our foreign players won’t understand what the derby means,” “But the majority of players in our dressing room have played in at least one and we drum into all of them how important this fixture is.”
“Hopefully over the last four games they’ll have felt a bit of hurt because I certainly have, and sometimes that’s what you need to spur you on.” “It’s a cup final for us and that’s how we’ll treat it.”
“Any team of mine that goes up against Sunderland will not be faulted for lack of effort, determination or not knowing what it means to the Club and the fans. I’ll be driving those guys forward.”
As usual John talks a good game, but what we want to see more of from John Carver and the lads is more display like in the second half against Arsenal – and more wins – not just talk.
In our last two away games at Manchester City and Everton John was just as positive but we were hammered 5-0 and 3-0 respectively.
A defeat by Sunderland today would be a disaster and that would mean four successive defeats in the league and five successive defeats against Sunderland – a side who have been struggling with relegation for the last three seasons.
More fans think we’ll lose this game than win it.
How Will Newcastle Fare At Sunderland?
- Lose (42%, 1,443 Votes)
- Win (37%, 1,290 Votes)
- Draw (21%, 727 Votes)
Total Voters: 3,460
We really need to get all 3 points this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
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