We saw headlines in all of the major national newspapers yesterday that Sunderland had beaten Newcastle in a closed-door friendly game yesterday 6-0.
The game was arranged principally to give some of the players on both sides who were returning from injury or who hadn’t played in a while – some match practice.
Steven Taylor – had a run-out yesterday
We don’t know the Sunderland team but the Shields Gazette published the Newcastle team which was a lot weaker than the side Sunderland played apparently.
These things happen in friendly games – but to somehow suggest this means something is just daft.
This is the team that started the game yesterday for Newcastle and apparently Marveaux was injured in the first half – but how come he is still a Newcastle player so late in the transfer window?
Newcastle: Darlow; Barlaser, Taylor, Lascelles, Gibson; Roberts, Gouffran, Longstaff, Marveaux, Aarons; Riviere
It’s just ridiculous the publicity given to the score-line – maybe it was a slow news day?
The results that matter for each team are in the 15 league games remaining – which includes a real derby game at St. James Park on March 20th between the two sides.
If Newcastle are beaten for the 7th derby in a row in that game we may even deserve to be relegated – as punishment simply because of the shame of it all.
We are still hoping Newcastle (and Sunderland too) escape the drop this season, but it’s looking decidedly dodgy for both clubs, although both clubs are getting players in this month.