When talking about the derby match, John Carver has declared that it is a ‘Cup Final for Newcastle fans.

If only we were in a Cup Final!

The ones I have to when watching Newcastle have been miserable affairs and I hope our game against the mackems isn’t like those Arsenal and Man Utd games.

In his pre-match press conference, Carver has rather bizarrely suggested that the players will have learnt from the last four defeats against Sunderland…well they haven’t shown much sign of that after the first, second or third!

The United Head Coach also talks of the awkwardness for players if they lose, of having to walk down the shop to get the newspapers.

Quite a mental image of Gouffran, Anita, Sissoko and the rest trooping down the paper shop to get their copy of The Sun…

“There’s a lot of people out there who say that because we have got so many foreign players, we don’t understand what it (the derby) means.

“But let me tell you. There are a lot of guys in that room and I think just about all of them have been involved in at least one – if not more. They do know what it means. I think it is an easy excuse to say you don’t know what a derby game means.

It’s not nice:

“Let me tell you, with the staff that we have got around here, and most of them are local lads, we drum it into them (the players) every day.

“Even when the derby is over, we remind them of what it is like, it’s not nice.”

Popping down the paper shop:

“Some of those guys in the room have witnessed what it is like when you lose a derby game.

“When they have to walk down a street, when they have to go in the shop to buy their newspapers that you guys write.”

It’s a Cup Final:

“So hopefully over what’s happened in the last four games (defeats), they’ll have felt a bit of hurt, because I certainly have.

“This is a huge game, this is a cup final for our fans.”