Why Newcastle Games Are Sheer Survival For Sunderland

Even though we won our first game of the season 6-2 against Norwich on Sunday that was still only our second win in the last 20 league games and the game at Sunderland on Sunday is going to be very tough – and if our players don´t think that way we could lose our 6th game in a row against them.

It´s really that simple and there been times over the last five meetings when we were favorites and thought we would win the game, but we have always been outfought in those games and deserved to lose.

That´s the reality we have to face before Sunday.

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Steve McClaren – directing traffic on Sunday

We hope it will be different – and a second win in a row would be fantastic.

Sunderland have got six of their points in the league from Newcastle in each of the last two seasons – and they have beaten us after coming into the games on a (very) bad run of results.

So we should pay no attention to how they performed in the first nine games – it means nothing in this game.

In both of the last two seasons Sunderland finished on 38 points in the league (16th last season and 14th the season before) so about 16% of their points came from the two games with Newcastle.

They have relied on the Newcastle points to avoid relegation and if they had lost those games and finished on 32 points they would have gone down in each of the last two seasons.

We have to go all out to get our second win on the trot on Sunday and our first against Sunderland since way back in August 2011 – as we try to turn our season around.

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8 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    First time this season I voted for a win. HWTL

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail – When talking selling players,how do you know that the club always wants to sell his best players? It’s usually up to the player wishes.
    If the player wants to leave his current club,their is nothing much the club can do about it.U can’t force the player to stay beyond his wish.Do you think cabaye wanted to stay here?
    Did u forget how he reacted & forced a move?
    Every player is sellable in every club if offered the right price.U can’t make nu any different!!

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    On this day in 1996
    We battered Man United 5 – 0

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib // Oct 20, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    I think the transfer that really blew Ashley’s mind was Andy Carroll , paid absolutely nada for him and got £35 million !

    He must have thought he’d discovered Eldorado.

    I think it was Pardew’s nurturing of AC through the Championship and his subsequent explosion onto the Prem scene that got AP his big contract.

    Guess you’ve been hacked again Jib.

    I know all about the hackers or pretenders using terminology by who they are trying to be, Ian Toon keeps posting phrases I use when posting as Sack Llambias in the faint hope of trying to get people thinking I am a multiple, someone going to the trouble of just hacking YOU would have done a bit more damage than that last night.

  • Mag52

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    The pressure on both teams is out of all proportion.
    Unfortunately if we do lose this game, all the feel good factor generated by Sunday’s good win and which could have given us a real kick start to the season, will evaporate overnight.
    It’s just another game for three points lads. Treat it like that and we will win it.

  • nut meg

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew wasn’t with us in the championship,it was Chris Hughton.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    With Perez and Tottenham there are a few factors in Spurs favour.

    Pochettino is a Spanish speaker.

    Perez lives with his brother here and he may prefer London.

    We have a track record of selling talent to Spurs – Sir Les , Ginola , Gazza .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #8

    If you read properly I have just said that until a player is sold under this ‘new dawn’ then I am prepared to wait and give the benefit of the doubt, personally I don’t think anything has changed and circumstance and players form has prevented sales. You talk about players wanting to leave and letting them go, why is it that every decent player wants to leave then. It is because they are told from the outset that they will get game time and a chance to put them selves in the shop window, that’s why they have always got their eyes on other clubs, do you think that the players were unaware that we did not want to win a cup, that tenth was the height of our ambition, players are millionaires, it is not just about the money for a lot of them when they already have so much, they would like to have medals, if we showed more ambition and a less rigid wage structure we might still have Cabaye and Demba Ba still here, I know every club is a selling club but most do it to further the clubs ambition not to line pockets.


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