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‘Touching Distance’ – The compelling story of Sunderland and Newcastle’s seasons…

4 years ago
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Looking at the league tables on this fine Saturday night, it is indeed pretty much ‘Touching Distance’ for Newcastle United and Sunderland.

The rivals may be in separate divisions at the moment but as you can see below, the difference between the 20th and 21st clubs in England, is all but invisible.

As Newcastle fans were enjoying yet another display of committed football with added flashes of real quality and three very good goals as they made it five wins in a row…

Sunderland meanwhile were completing their worst ever start to a Premier League season, ‘cruelly’ losing to a 94th minute Winston Reid goal at West Ham.

As Newcastle fans have been happy to remind them, the Magpies are still the last team from Tyne and Wear to win a Premier League game.

With 30 goals already, entertainment is back on the menu at St James Park, whilst for our red and white friends, six goals in the opening two and a half months of the campaign is tough going.

With just under a third of the Championship season now gone, no Newcastle fan is counting any chickens just yet.

However, the celebrations on Wearside five months ago must seem pretty hollow now for the mackems, as they fluked staying up yet again, thanks to the damage Steve McClaren and Mike Ashley had inflicted on Newcastle United before Rafa’s arrival.

With league leaders Arsenal up next, things don’t look to be getting any easier any time soon, for Sunderland fans.

Meanwhile 5,600 Newcastle fans will be looking forward to yet another classic Championship away day at Preston next Saturday.

Bring it on.

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