Nothing new for Newcastle United as Wearside woe continues for Sunderland

By Lee Ryder on Oct 22, 12 11:01 AM

I said before the game that the biggest factor of all in the Tyne-Wear derby would be all about pressure and how the two sides would deal with it.

And yet again Newcastle United were the team that coped with it a lot better than Sunderland.

Even despite being up against it in terms of the intensity of the Wearside crowd and even down to 10 men.

For some reason Sunderland just can't seem to improve their wretched record on Wearside.

One win in 32 years on Wearside is a stat that makes horrible reading for Sunderland fans.

Three wins in 21 Premier League games overall Sunderland is clearly another statistic that Martin O'Neill knows he must try to improve.

However, with Sunderland's chance to record their first double in the fixture since 1966/67 gone for another year, Newcastle will feel confident of heaping more derby misery on Sunderland in the return fixture next year.

Newcastle went out fully charged up for the fixture but managed not to get drained by the hysteria swirling around them.

Alan Pardew was straight with his players and told them it wouldn't be easy with an intense atmosphere swirling around them.

As Winston Churchill put it once: "This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure."

And Newcastle dared to win the game in the opening exchanges.

Yohan Cabaye's goal silenced the home crowd and instantly had them thinking: "Here we go again."

However, with 10 men, Newcastle kept battling away and could have nicked it when Cabaye rolled Demba Ba through.

Ba may have ended up on the scoresheet at the other end, but nobody blamed him.

The facts were Newcastle didn't roll over.

United fans left the Stadium of Light the happier of the two groups of fans.

Newcastle now look forward to the Europa League, Sunderland fans will be left to ponder what might have been as they failed to grasp their chance of victory.

In analysis Sunderland fans tried to console themselves, Michael Graham wailed via Twitter: "Shola didn't score so we are definitely getting better at this derby malarky... Baby steps and all that " and "Think overriding derby emotion is that I'm just glad it's over for another few months."

But others were left in a state of denial by the look of it.

And one of the more printable things Mackem Micky Wood said: "The #SAFC gang r loving it, LOVING IT! :)"

I could go on, but my job is to mainly focus on Newcastle United.

And so Newcastle left Wearside with their brilliant record in tact.

It leaves most Sunderland supporters of a certain age having seen their team relegated more times than beating their rivals on home soil in the Premier League.

No wonder the Toon Army were still singing long after the final whistle.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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