Newcastle’s loan midfielder Dan Barlaser dreaming of beating Sunderland live on Sky Sports tonight
With 28 appearances already this season, Dan Barlaser is enjoying regular first team football at long last.
Turning 22 last month, the Newcastle loan midfielder is thriving at Accrington Stanley.
Tonight is special, as Dan Barlaser will be coming up against Sunderland.
The two clubs are yet to meet this season and the Friday night match is to be shown live on Sky Sports, whilst the midfielder will have a host of Newcastle (and Accrington now…) supporting friends and family there to see him hopefully beat the mackems.
The two clubs aren’t in the best of form, Accrington Stanley not having scored in their last six League One matches, whilst Sunderland have only won one game (against rock bottom Wimbledon) since New Year’s Day. Sunderland failing to beat Blackpool, Oxford, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Luton in that time.
The Mackems are now a massive 10 points off top spot and four off automatic promotion, currently fourth in the table behind Luton, Barnsley and Portsmouth, Sunderland having won only 15 of their 30 games this season.
As for Dan Barlaser, with Newcastle since the age of nine, he is a veteran of derby matches against Sunderland all the way through the various age groups, whilst he has been to many first team derbies as a fan, picking out the Ryan Taylor ‘over the wall’ win at the Stadium of Light as a special one.
Whilst he has scored a couple in the cups, tonight would be perfect for Dan Barlaser to get his first ever league goal in first team football.
Dan Barlaser speaking to the official Stanley site:
“I have supported Newcastle all my life so to play against Sunderland’s first team at the Stadium of Light is a massive opportunity for us.
“I have been at Newcastle since I was nine so have played Sunderland in various age groups coming through.
“In the FA Youth Cup, I remember beating them 4-0 at St James Park which was a good night and we beat them away on penalties.
“As a fan I have been to many derby days , some very good ones and some very bad ones.
“I was there when Ryan Taylor scored the winner and then when it was 1-1 when Yohan Cabaye scored. There have been a few 1-0s, 2-0s and so on.
“In the North East they are passionate about their football and so they should be.
“It should be a good game against Sunderland, they have drawn a few, and we know we need to start on the front foot and frustrate them and hopefully nick a goal.
“We have got goal scorers in the team so it’s something [Stanley not scoring in last six league games] I personally am not worried about,
“At the start of the season we were scoring goals for fun and, at the moment, we are creating a lot of chances but the ball isn’t going in the net.
“We just seem to be taking an extra pass and we probably need to shoot more – all of us.
“I have learnt my lesson from that [getting sent off in the FA Cup against Derby], if you get a yellow early I have learnt not to dive in to any challenges.
“It’s good we are on Sky, it’s a chance to make a name for yourself in front of a big audience and we want to prove ourselves.”
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