All Sunderland fans with half a brain should be desperate for Newcastle to stay up.
If you ever wondered just how shocking Sunderland have been as a team over the course of the last three years when they have accumulated their ‘six in a row’, just look at the stats below.
Many of you will already be aware that the points Newcastle gifted Sunderland have made the difference between staying up and relegation in each of these last three seasons:
2014/15 Sunderland 38 points (6 from Newcastle) – 3rd bottom Hull 35 points
2013/14 Sunderland 38 points (6 from Newcastle) – 3rd bottom Norwich 33 points
2012/13 Sunderland 39 points (4 from Newcastle) – 3rd bottom Wigan 36 points
However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when you actually drill down into their overall match stats in these recent years.
In their last 101 Premier League matches (last 4 months of 2012/13, all of 2013/14 & 2014/15 and the 10 games of 2015/16), Sunderland have managed to win just 20 PL games.
The quicker amongst you will have already calculated that if you take away the six Newcastle derbies, Sunderland have won just 14 of their other 95 Premier League games, in almost three seasons worth of football.
In 33 months going back to January 2013, Newcastle have been responsible for exactly 30% (6 of 20) of Sunderland’s Premier League wins.
Without NUFC, Sunderland could look forward to automatic relegation and around five league wins each season.
As a Newcastle fan, if you needed something to make you feel any worse after Sunday’s result, I think I have just succeeded.
As we saw yet again, Sunderland are absolutely hopeless, just as they have been these last three years.
Steve McClaren has inherited so many individuals with a fragile confidence and a team with such a losing mentality when it matters, the run against Sunderland epitomising just how bad things have been.
The scale of his job is possibly just becoming clear to him.
If ever a team beat itself, no matter what Sam Allardyce says, it was Newcastle on Sunday (with a little bit of help from the referee).
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