Moussa Sissoko believes that Arsenal keeper Ospina was in inspired form in the second half on Saturday but also revealed that John Carver had told his players to keep a close eye on Olivier Giroud…

Two first half goals later and the match was all but over, though United’s stand-in Captain believes the players can take inspiration from that second forty five.

“We played very well but I think the keeper was fantastic. We are a little bit sad but when you play against a big team you know the game will be hard – but I think the team showed a good performance.

“We started well in the first ten minutes but then we concede so many free-kicks, we know Arsenal have big players and Giroud scored two goals, after that the game was hard. I know every year he (Giroud) he scores a lot of goals, and before the game the manager says we have to be very careful about him, but we didn’t. “

No five in a row?:

“At half-time the manager said the second half is another game or we can stay in the changing room and the game is dead. I think we showed character and we can be happy about that.

“We have to learn from this match and do better at Sunderland. I came here over two years and we have lost every (derby) game. Now though it is a new game and you have to do everything because it is a massive game for us, the fans, the city, everybody.”

Since Moussa Sissoko arrived at Newcastle there have been four derby matches and they have finished 0-3, 1-2, 0-3 and 0-1.

A massive responsibility on the whole team and especially him as Captain, five in a row against Sunderland is not something that can be contemplated, especially when the chance has been presented to help relegate our neighbours.

  • Corkyjohn

    Start the Sunderland game with the tempo you showed in the 2nd half against Arsenal & the mackems won’t have a chance. I’d love to know if its Carver telling the players to contain opposing teams….it doesn’t work

  • Corkyjohn

    & to disregard everything Carver says….

  • GToon

    Unfortunately things seem to be conspiring against us. They have our favourite winger Adam Johnson back in training and no doubt ready to score against us yet again. In addition to that they have a new manager who will have the luxury of 2 weeks training with his new players rather than a few days or a week. For us the 2 weeks mean nothing as there will be no returns from injury and 2 weeks of “coaching” from JC. This could be embarrassing.

  • Big Al 1967

    Talk is cheap Moussa. Don,t want to hear it I only want to see it on the pitch. If we leave the SOS at six o’clock next Sunday with 3 points in the bag you can shout from the rooftops.