Game on! Sunderland v Newcastle.

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Derby day tension and excitement is set to ensue as Newcastle make the short trip down the A19 to visit the unfortunate souls of Sunderland.

The importance of this match needs no more attention. We all know what it means and we all know that the team must try their hardest to win at the Stadium of Light. The 5-1 last time out will only add to the spectacle, but in reality it will seem a long way away should we suffer defeat today.

Taking the derby-tinted glasses off though, which is hard, Sunderland are a good side when they play at home. Their record backs this up as they have only lost one league game at home this season, so with that in mind, even though it’s not what I want, you would have to say that even if we could only manage a draw it would be a good result. Anything other than defeat basically gives us the bragging rights until next season, and a point away from home takes us another point closer to safety.

The major bit of news is regarding the absence of Andy Carroll and Cheik Tiote for the away side. Those two will be sorely missed, and I’m sure they will be missing the chance of playing in the North-East derby, especially Carroll. Naturally, for more team news and stats you can peruse the match preview by clicking this link.

The match will not be broadcast live here in the UK, but it is being broadcast in various countries around the world. A quick look at the list of streams available gives me hope that those unable to watch the game will be able to watch it online, but if any of you guys and gals find a decent stream then please don’t hesitate to share a link with fellow Newcastle fans.

So this it. The 133rd Tyne-Weat derby is about to begin. Newcastle have historically been on top in the fixture. I hope that today we have a case of history repeating and we leave the Stadium of Light this afternoon with at least a point in the bag!

Howay the lads!

Team news is as follows…

Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Phil Bardsley, Anton Ferdinand, Titus Bramble, Nedum Onouha, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jordan Henderson, Steed Malbranque, Kieron Richardson, Darren Bent, Asamoah Gyan.

Subs: Simon Mignolet, Marcus Angeleri, Paulo da Silva, Cristian Riveros, Bolo Zenden, Andy Reid, Jack Colback.

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best.

Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling, Wayne Routledge, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger.

314 thoughts on “Game on! Sunderland v Newcastle.

  1. We only have ourselves to blame aswell sadly. They might not have deserved anything from the game but at the end of the day Shola missed a golden chance, headed over the bar, Best fired wide when he turned and shot on the edge of the box, Jonas cut inside nicely and then proceeded to fire completly wide, Best just failing to get on the end of a Jose cross, it could have been 4 or 5 again.


  2. And if that talk of Harper essentially being assaulted is true, then it shows how pathetic they really are. Bruce was celebrating like he’d won the league when their equaliser bounced off Gyan. They should be embarrassed of both performances and ashamed of their behaviour if there’s any truth in it.


  3. Just hope none of our fans were involved in any of the trouble. I was at the last game there and vowed never to go again. Chairs being chucked into us and a coin flying in front of my face and put the eye out of a bloke next to me. They had won it as well, so why cause bother?? So pleased I didn’t go today, they got a lucky draw and insted of just leaving being pleased with themselves, got to cause more bother


  4. who’s looking for excuses? just pointing out it shouldn’t have been 5 minutes and it shouldn’t imo but show me where I said thats why we didnt win?


  5. Well if Newcastle united mad is to be believed there’s been pictures on SSN of trouble between both sets of fans, with police and stewards desperatly trying to break it up as bottles and chairs are thrown. One poster also said Real Radio were still at the ground and it was kicking off.


  6. The stewards were brilliant last time we played at the SOS aswell. Dancing around celebrating the game with fans whilst bloody idiots managed to get onto the pitch. They’re all useless.


  7. Personally i think we need a striker. We cannot rely on Ameobi or Best for consistancy. We’ll have Barton, Ben Arfa and Carroll creating chances and nobody to put them away.

    A striker and a winger and we’ll be a decent side. But as normal we have a poor squad size wise.


  8. “Absolutely gutted about the late equaliser! We all tried r best today, we deserved 2 win but at least they haven’t beat us this season”

    Danny Simpson – Twitter


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