Jonas Claims That Derby Defeat Is Worse Than Relegation…
If there are two matches you don’t want to lose each season, it is naturally home and away to Sunderland.
In the modern era we have been lucky as fans to taste defeat so rarely, the downside of that of course is that when it does happen it hits you a lot harder due to the rarity.
Last Sunday was obviously a ninety minutes you just want to forget and losing the match takes some getting over, though in the great scheme of things it is simply three points lost at the end of the season, leaving aside all the baggage that comes with losing a derby match.
Many Newcastle fans hold the opinion in recent times that Sunderland fans put beating Newcastle as more important than their team doing well overall and have taunted their red & white rivals with a general belief that the mackems would be happy ending up third bottom just so long as Newcastle were second bottom.
We’ve already seen Alan Pardew talking about aiming to finish above Sunderland and now this disease of judging Newcastle in relation to the mackems appears to be contagious, with players jumping on the bandwagon, this is what Jonas Gutierrez has had to say after Sunday’s result;
“I think it is the worst week since I came to the club.
To lose like that at home is something that I feel will make all of the team sad and the city is sad as well.
Of course to be relegated is hard but this has been a worse week.
I know we are talking about one game and I think it is more important for them, and to lost the derby is something very painful for the squad.
I haven’t been out due to the result, I have stayed at home…because what can you say to the fans because they ask you what happened – it is about action not words.”
I like Jonas both on & off the pitch and think he’s genuine, but talking about a derby defeat as being worse than getting relegated is nonsense.
Walking out of St.James’ Park on Sunday after staying to the bitter end, didn’t feel great, but compared to how I felt coming away from Villa Park after relegation – there is no comparison.
Jonas is right that actions are more important than words and the last thing we want to hear next week is players going on about how they are going to beat Liverpool to make up for another away trip nightmare at the Hawthorns.
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