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Message to Sunderland fans – Mind the 32 place gap

6 months ago
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The reaction of Sunderland fans to Newcastle’s start to the season has been just a little bit embarrassing.

Yes Rafa Benitez and his team have found it tough with Mike Ashley refusing to allow proper investment in the squad and that being compounded by injuries and problems caused by making signings so late, meaning no pre-season with their new teammates.

However, when you are a League One club, maybe you should have a little more self-awareness.

Especially when even dropping to the third tier they aren’t exactly running away with it, yes they have settled down now and got into second place, but it is still looking a competitive league to get out of. Especially with the likes of Accrington Stanley and Luton to try and get the better of…

The Mackems are loving their new owners and of course when you are winning matches everybody is happy, even at such a  low level…

Being honest though, it would have been difficult for even a club who had finished rock bottom two seasons in a row, not to be competitive, when they have a turnover so many times higher than pretty much all of their competitors.

The new owners have also told Sunderland fans everything they wanted to hear to get them onside, even sinking to a truly embarrassing low of claiming they’d always hated Newcastle United and didn’t like their supporters. It is laughable just how many Sunderland fans swallowed that PR line without questioning it.

Thanks to Newcastle finding it tough as they faced Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea etc early doors and Sunderland picking up a few wins, bizarrely you had Sunderland fans actually laughing at Newcastle, believing Geordies might be jealous of the respective positions.

Yes, we might be in our 12th year under a total tyrant who has no ambition beyond what he can benefit from but then why would Oxford supporters be interested in anything else when taking over Sunderland?

No sensible Newcastle fan, only the lunatic fringes, will be getting too carried away with these victories over Watford and Bournemouth. It has given a massive lift of course but with the lack of backing on transfers, we all know that every single fight will have to be fought for, at least until Rafa Benitez is given any kind of realistic support.

Sunderland fans need to appreciate just what a disaster has struck them, they have found their level in League One and if promoted, would have a massive challenge of even surviving in the Championship.

The popular view amongst Mackems was that going up as champions of the second tier wasn’t a triumph for Rafa Benitez because he should have done it by a bigger margin, whilst this season they were claiming it as ‘proof’ that (Champions League, Europa League, La Liga winning) Rafa was a poor manager due to the rubbish early season results.

Wake up and smell the coffee and mind the 32 place gap that separates the two clubs – Newcastle 14th in the Premier League and Sunderland 2nd in League One.

Also, I only found yesterday that the Mackems are experiencing the romance of the FA Cup already (playing today in the first round), fully two months before Newcastle get the chance to exit ASAP, as usual.

Newcastle supporters might be going through tough times but jealous of Sunderland fans? I don’t think so.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1

Goal:

Newcastle : Rondon 7, 40

Bournemouth: Lerma 45+6

Possession was Bournemouth 61% Newcastle 39%

Total shots were  Bournemouth 14 Newcastle 18

Shots on target were Bournemouth 4 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 7

Referee: Lee Probert

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Diame (Atsu 80), Ki , Kenedy (Clark 78), Rondon, Perez

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Longstaff

Crowd: 49,266 (Bournemouth approx 600)

(Alan Shearer Match of The Day comments HERE)

(Salomon Rondon rates it ‘The Perfect Saturday’ – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to beating Bournemouth HERE)

(Paul Merson covered Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 for Sky Sports – Had plenty to say afterwards HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players HERE)
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