The Newcastle U23 team will play Sunderland U23s St James’ Park tonight.
This is now the next best we have for the Tyne-Wear derby because it will be at least two more seasons before the Black Cats can move up from League One back into the Premier League.
We hope they can do that quickly because both of the top two north-east clubs should be in the Premier League – it’s got to be good for the area.
The Premier League 2 clash will kickoff this evening at 7:00pm, and there could be a good crowd to watch the game.
Ben Dawson – Newcastle U23 coach
This is what Rafa has said about the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“What I always say to players involved in an important game like is to stay calm.”
“I know that the passion is there but you have to compete.”
“You have to remember it is football and it means a lot to a lot of people.”
“But you still have to do things in the right way.”
“You have to give everything and show passion, but at the same time you have to play your football.”
“You have to win games with passion and game intelligence.” “So you have to find this balance.”
“We talk with Ben Dawson all the time.”
“Some of the members of my staff go but we will try to see if we can get even closer in some games.”
We would expect players like Jamie Sterry, Callum Roberts, Sean Longstaff, and Freddie Woodman to play tonight.
It could be that these players will be sent out on loan before the end of this month to get first team playing time.
And it should be a good game tonight and worth a trip for those who can make it to the game.