For the first time in living memory we travelled to sunderland for the derby match with little or no expectation, why was that?
Newcastle were 9 points ahead of them in the league, relatively safe and should have been able to play without fear.
What I saw was a team playing without heart, a team who lacked the inclination to take the opposition on, a team without guts, and a team not fit to wear the shirt!
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You can cite injuries as being a major contributory factor but I disagree totally, we were playing a team who are at best poor, any half decent 11 should play them and expect to win.
For me the worst player on the pitch yesterday was Sammy Ameobi, brother of a Mackem slayer, and brought up in this area. Whilst he has obvious talent he is simply clueless, runs down blind alleys and is unable to track back when required, he also simply is as lethargic as his brother, time to go
Another player who was equally poor, yet again, was Gouffran. He chipped in with the odd goal a couple of years ago, but while he does put the effort in he is simply not good enough, GOODBYE.
If I went through the whole team from yesterday there would be very little credit, so I won’t bore you, you all saw it.
The management and coaching staff…John Carver – clueless, he says he is an excellent motivator, really? The fact he could not motivate the team yesterday against our biggest rivals says it all, he should not be allowed near the first team ever again. He is also tactically inept.
Steve Stone, what does he do? Ex-England international, but what exactly does he do apart from stand on the sidelines looking dismally out of his depth.
Do I go through them all? I think not – because I am only saying what we all know anyway.
So what now? Well as the eternal optimist I can’t find anything to say, except this.
25 years ago we were beaten in the old second division play-offs by Sunderland, that season we were the better team by the country mile, but the team was aged and on the decline, and that defeat was the catalyst for change.
So where am I going with this? I believe that there will be a change in the summer, unfortunately not a change of owner but a change of policy, I actually believe they will spend some serious money. Of course we will lose one or two players but I believe the owner may well finally invest.
We are the ‘balance book’ champions so it is the time to loosen the purse strings, I really hope I am right……am I speaking of hope or expectation?
So we wake today having suffered a 5th defeat in a row to our neighbours, this is akin to the 28 years we were unbeaten on Wearside, and it is one kick in the nuts too many.
It would be a little bit more palatable if it was a good Sunderland team, but quite simply they are poor and may well go on to lose their next 5 games as they had done before beating us!
A quick word on their fans, you have to credit them for the applause in the 17th minute for Liam and John, it was genuine and heartwarming and fully deserves a mention, well done indeed.
So we limp along to the end of the season and it’s anyone’s guess who will be here in August. I hope and pray what I said earlier materialises, a change in most of the playing staff and management is essential.
The only consolation I can take is that today is a bank holiday, the beer will taste just as cool and refreshing (shortly), the sun is shining, we still live in this magnificent city amongst the best folk on this planet, but most of all they will still only be mackems!
Happy bloody Easter!