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Newcastle’s Terrible Record Can Become A Huge Advantage

3:30 pm, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Newcastle have lost the last five derby games against Sunderland and the last time we won was in August 2011 when Ryan Taylor scored the winning goal with that great free-kick which is the highlight of Ryan’s career – so far.

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Ryan Taylor is assaulted after scoring winning goal four years ago

The Newcastle coaching staff are doing a decent job in the lead up to the game by saying they are the favorites for at least a couple fo good reasons – they have won the last five games and Newcastle often seems to be the only side they can beat in the Premier League.

And they are at home which is another advantage.

Because of our terrible record we don’t have too much to lose on Sunday – and it becomes a fantastic opportunity for this new Newcastle team to show we can actually beat our rivals south of us – in both geography and league position.

That’s because Sunderland know the last two years if they hadn’t beaten Newcastle twice – they would have been relegated – and that’s extra pressure.

I mean if they cannot beat Newcastle who can they beat – would be the way to put it – especially before the game on Sunday.


This is what assistant coach Paul Simpson has said today on nufcTV:

“It’s a new game.” “What happened last year won’t have any reflection on this game.” “It’s a horrible record that anybody associated with Newcastle has to live with.”

“We have had to deal with it for the last few seasons.” “Our job is to win games of football.” “They’re going to be favourites because they have had five straight wins.”

“We need to change that.” “I don’t mind records like that because they’re there to be broken.” “We’ve got to go there and deal with the whole occasion properly.”

“We need to make sure we play our football and work.”

The problems we have had in the last two and a half years in this game is our players haven’t turned up and in some cases have even looked timid.

We cannot have that on Sunday otherwise it will be six wins on the trot for Sunderland.

It’s time for our lads to stand up and be counted.

A win would be incredible and if we can get the 3 points we could be on our way this season and it would be 7 points out of the last four games.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    @1949 – agree about Lacazette! I watch alot of french football as work in paris alot and he’s massively overrated IMO!
    Nabil Fekir and Clement Grenier would be decent acquisitions from Lyon, Fekir especially is a livewire!
    Not sure France is the right place to shop, its been very hit and miss! Very impressed with how the 2 lads from Anderlecht have settled! Praet and Tielemens at RSCA are possibly better than mbemba and mitrovic too! Also feel players that graduate through Ajax and Feyenoords youth academy’s usually seem well set up for adapting to england

  • 2 jayphoto // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Derby comes down to whether we bother to show up or not! If mitro, sissoko, gini and perez play to their ability we’ll cruise past them. Our ability far surpasses Sunderlands and we’re stronger than them in at least 8 out 11 positions. Result comes to down to the mental side of the game i think

  • 3 the broons // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Looking at it the way you have Ed seems quite negative. However the way Paul Simpson put it seemed much better, he’s saying that abysmal record is there to be broken and there is no reason why we can’t.

    However I do like the way you mentioned that Sunderland have only beaten the drop the last few years because of their wins against us. And surely that is playing on their minds, On our day we are stronger than them but it is just making sure that our players know that and don’t start strolling around the pitch.

    I.e please Sissoko turn up this time, we saw Sunday the damage you can do on your day.

  • 4 the broons // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:44 PM


    Exactly how I summed it up. The only lad I worry about is Sissoko he picks and chooses when he wants to play and its incredibly frustrating.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    manx – glad to hear it. You said you like to talk about football -as we all do. I like to read good quality stuff about football – what month did you post some decent stuff about football – so I can check back for a decent read.

    See Beckenbauer is now being investigated for corruption – just by FIFA I think. Another one with his snout in the trough.

  • 6 Bambams // Oct 21, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I agree with Ed…..Our players just do not turn up for this game, well the last few anyway.

    I am like everyone else worried about the back five. I have watched our 6-2 about four times…Why the hell our players just stand and gawp as the ball comes into our box I will never know. The other worry is how many times they turn their backs when someone takes a shot !

    Still have concerns about our defence….’A novel phrase’

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