Blackburn star Danny Graham says he is prepared to face the Newcastle United boo boys and says it is ‘something that spurs me on’.
Bizarrely, the visiting striker thinks he will be targeted, whereas surely the reaction of pretty much all Newcastle fans will be to treat him the same as any Championship player.
Danny Graham reckons that because he was a childhood Newcastle fan who ended up playing for Sunderland, Newcastle supporters will pick him out for abuse.
Surely the reality is that Newcastle fans would be wanting to shake his hand, rather than have a go at him.
Sunderland bought Danny Graham for £5m and in three and a half years on their books the forward scored only one league goal for the mackems, then left at the end of his contract for nothing.
The Blackburn striker has scored four Championship goals this season and thinks it is another bonus that none of his teammates have approached him in advance of today’s game, with concerns and needing advice about playing in front of a full house at St James Park.
Danny Graham talking to the Lancashire Telegraph:
“A lot has been made of that (being a Newcastle fan) up there when I signed for Sunderland (from Swansea) but there is no point hiding behind it.
“I went up there and it didn’t work out but I’m sure the Sunderland fans knew that I gave 110% every game that I did play in.
“I’m looking to forward to going back and hopefully putting one over on most of my family who are Newcastle fans.
“I could imagine there is going to be boos but that is something that spurs me on.
“No one has really asked about it (what to expect playing at St James Park) which I’m quite pleased about, so hopefully that means we’re in the right frame of mind to go up there and not worry about the big crowds they have.
“We know they’re a good team, we’ll respect them, but we just need to worry about ourselves at the minute.
“I think if you look at their squad it is one of, if not the, best in the Championship.
“They have won nine games in a row so it will be a tough test, but we have to worry about ourselves and not go up there and worry too much about them because if we do that then we could be on the wrong end of a bad scoreline.
“We can’t afford to concede early, we need to keep it tight for the first 20 or 25 minutes and grow into the game and then put what we’ve worked on in to the game.”