Players need reminding that beating Sunderland is not an aspiration – just expected
We all know what happened on Sunday….Newcastle looked a much better team than Sunderland, we failed to take numerous chances and ended up being punished thanks to bad luck, the referee and the team’s own shortcomings.
I want to talk though about the aftermath.
Naturally we are all annoyed, upset, furious, whatever – then when March comes around, all Newcastle fans will be expecting this vomit inducing run to end.
However, we are not going to be thinking and reliving this 24/7 and somebody needs to remind the players and everybody else at the football club of this fact.
Daryl Janmaat is just one of those who has came out and said that Newcastle are much better than Sunderland, despite the result, and the team can’t wait until next March to show these dirty mackems (or words to that effect…) just who is the better team.
Hold on though, I think we are in extreme danger of falling into the trap our Wearside friends have fallen into for so long, as in beating the local rivals is everything.
I honestly believe that for many years, a lot of Sunderland fans would have settled for relegation if they were guaranteed one or two wins over Newcastle.
This undoubtedly was ramped up by the fact that derby wins over Newcastle were so rare.
Yes the derby is a massive game but just in the week that it is played, the biggest match this week is Stoke City.
When Newcastle have had decent or as was the case under KK and Sir Bobby, very good teams, we didn’t sit around counting down the days until the next encounter with the mackems would come around.
Newcastle’s hopes and fears this season revolve around the team getting into a rhythm and winning mentality week in week out, over obsessing because the worst team in the division beat us, won’t get anybody anywhere.
As for Daryl Janmaat and others wanting to talk about being better than Sunderland, the only way to prove it is to actually beat them on the actual day.
Claiming this a day or two after you get beat is just embarrassing, Newcastle hadn’t even forced Pantilimon into a proper save before the Coloccini disaster occurred.
“It is disappointing but I believe that we are much better than them.
“We play them again and then we have to show them, second-half we played with 10 men and so it is always difficult.
“In the first half you could see who wanted to play, who was the better team, I think in every area of the game we were better.
“It is disappointing because you lose the derby and that is not nice, especially for the supporters.
“We wanted to win and we all want better than to be in the relegation zone.
“We have to improve but I think in the last two or three games we have shown some promising things.
“I think that we can do it but every time there is something new that costs us the game.”
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