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.
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.
Howay The Lads!!