Newcastle United vs. Sunderland  0 - 3


Pardew sets long-term goal

17 April 2013 16:10

Alan Pardew is challenging his Newcastle squad to avenge Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Sunderland by finishing above them next season.

Paolo Di Canio enjoyed his first victory in charge of the Black Cats in emphatic style at St James' Park, with goals from Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan piling misery on Newcastle.

But Pardew, whose side sit just two points clear of their Wearside rivals, has urged the club to look to next season to exact retribution.

"Next year we have to prove that we're a bigger and better club," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"That's in terms of our Premier League position by finishing well above them (Sunderland). That's what we are going to try to do next year."

But despite his long-term ambitions, Pardew admits that Newcastle are not out of the woods yet in this season's relegation battle, with his side five points clear of the drop zone.

"First we've got to make sure we play well in the last five games with good, solid performances," he added.

The former Southampton manager had previously blamed European duties for their lacklustre performance at the weekend.

But now with a clear schedule, Pardew is looking forward to integrating the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Mathieu Debuchy and Cheikh Tiote back into full training.

"We certainly can do a week's work with Hatem and Debuchy, who had his first game (since being injured), and Cheikh," he said.

"We'll do more work with him. We'll give a rest to some of the other guys."


Newcastle condemn violent fans

15 April 2013 15:31

Newcastle have condemned the behaviour of a section of their fans after the 3-0 home loss to Sunderland in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

Violence broke out between Newcastle fans and police after the final whistle had gone, with 29 arrests being made, with three police officers suffering injuries.

Sunderland's victory was their first at St. James' Park for 13 years and their biggest derby win since 1979.

The Newcastle statement read: "We were embarrassed and appalled by the behaviour of a minority of so-called fans who last night were involved in disturbances and disorder in Newcastle city centre after the match.

"Newcastle United have been working with Northumbria Police, and will continue to do so, in order to identify all of the individuals concerned.

"The club will take the strongest possible action against those involved in the disturbances and will impose immediate lifetime bans on all those found guilty.

"These deplorable individuals have no place at Newcastle United and bring shame on the club and the vast majority of its proper, law-abiding, fans."


Violence mars Tyne-Wear derby

15 April 2013 08:34

Violence erupted as fans clashed with police following Sunderland's 3-0 win over Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday.

There were chaotic scenes in Newcastle city centre as disgruntled fans set bins on fire and threw bottles, bricks and firecrackers at police officers mounted on horses.

Riot police were called to the scene in an attempt to move the large crowds back to allow supporters safe access to transport services.

Northumbria Police have confirmed that 29 arrests were made during and after the game while three police officers were also injured during the trouble, with one requiring hospital treatment.

Police released the following statement on Sunday: "The most serious incident involved a group of Newcastle fans in Central Station attempting to confront Sunderland supporters, but they were intercepted by officers from British Transport Police.

"During this incident missiles were thrown at the officers, which resulted in three injuries to officers - one of them requiring assessment at hospital.

"The vast majority of fans were well behaved today and enjoyed the Tyne-Wear derby for the great occasion that it is.

"Disappointingly, there was some disorder involving what appear to be Newcastle United supporters following the match in the city centre, including an incident at Central Station.

"Disruptive behaviour of any kind is not tolerated. Inquiries will take place into these incidents and action will be taken against all those involved."

The game itself saw Sunderland record their first win at the home of the Tyne-Wear rivals for 13 years.


Di Canio praises Black Cat ´warriors´

14 April 2013 17:56

Paolo Di Canio described his Sunderland players as 'warriors' and 'heroes' after the emphatic 3-0 victory over Newcastle.

Sunderland took the lead in the first half of Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby through Stephane Sessegnon and, after a Papiss Cisse equaliser was incorrectly ruled offside, further strengthened their advantage with exceptional strikes from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan.

Di Canio was full of praise for his side after the game, and believes his players showed the character needed to stay in the Premier League.

"We had to not be shy, not to only have two lines very close together and not challenge in the 50/50," the Italian told reporters.

"We are here to fight for our future and we did that in the end.

"My players did a fantastic job, they were warriors so they deserve this fantastic result."

The victory moves Sunderland to 15th place, three points clear of the bottom three, but the Italian admitted the win - despite being against bitter rivals Newcastle - would mean little at the end of the season if his side are relegated.

"I won many important games (with Swindon) in the cup, so that was an important moment for the club's history," Di Canio said.

"But when you arrive at the top in the Premier League and you win one of the toughest derbies in the do this after many years...we won 3-0, (we scored) three goals, (and kept a) clean sheet. Obviously as a single game (it) is the best and the most important, but it's nothing if we don't stay up."

Di Canio was typically animated in the Sunderland technical area, sliding to his knees in celebration and enjoying the plaudits of the travelling support after the game, but insisted most of the credit must go to his players.

"I wanted to go far, but I couldn't because I am too old," Di Canio joked.

"I only have 20 yards in my legs nowadays. There was a good moment with the fans, we were really happy.

"They (the fans) have to sing the players' name because the players worked so hard. I shuttle 10 yards up and down the technical area because I have energy to do this.

"It's more important for my players because they give everything. They were heroes, they did a fantastic job."


Pardew rues Krul´s season-ending injury

14 April 2013 17:46

Newcastle keeper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday's 3-0 drubbing by Sunderland.

Krul landed awkwardly after punching the ball clear during the match, and was swiftly replaced by Rob Elliot on 57 minutes before being taken to hospital for assessment.

The Dutchman's injury comes as an additional bitter pill to swallow for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who believes his side failed to recover from Thursday's 1-1 Europa League draw with Benfica that saw the Magpies crash out 4-2 on aggregate.

Pardew told reporters: "I don't feel particularly great. It was a tough day really.

"They looked like a team that had worked all week on us and we looked like a team that had a really tough game on Thursday night.

"We looked a little bit tired in our minds and our fitness and our application to the game. We were always struggling in that game. Unfortunately it turned out to be a great day for Sunderland and an awful day for us.

"To our fans, that's everything and we just have to make sure that in the last five games we put that right and get some work in on the training ground.

"Three or four of our players never trained after Thursday night, just a short warm-up and a massage.

"Cabaye looked really tired, Mapou (Yanga-Mbiwa) particularly, even Papiss (Cisse) looked a little bit tired and it's enough at this level.

"We've got a good side and we haven't shown that today but this week we have but unfortunately that kind of game at the back end of the week is dangerous that we could get beat today. We didn't take the game lightly.

"We certainly didn't think we were going to win, we did everything we could with what we had but it just wasn't enough."

The 51-year-old admits the defeat was one of the lowest points of his tenure at St James' Park and has demanded a response from his players between now and the end of the season.

He added: "It's up there for sure because the team just didn't perform today as we would have wanted and most of the things that we attempted to do in the game didn't come off.

"The first half worried me and we brought Shola (Ameobi) on to try and just change it and freshen it up a bit more.

"Losing Tim lost me a pair of legs on the field and it only really left me with only one sub which was difficult.

"It's about us making sure that we put performances in until the end of the season that can help to ease the memory of this defeat.

"It won't go away, we're going to have to wear it, probably next year as well. We're under no illusions of the responsibility we have to our fans and we let them down today 100 per cent."


Premier League: Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3

14 April 2013 15:29

Paolo Di Canio picked up his first points as Sunderland manager as his side sensationally beat Newcastle United 3-0 on Sunday.

Stephane Sessegnon's first-half strike gave the visitors a deserved half-time lead in the Tyne-Wear derby before unstoppable long range efforts from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan secured the victory which moves the Black Cats three points clear of the drop zone.

It was a typically lively opening as both sides tried to gain an early foothold.

Papiss Cisse almost latched onto Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's ball over the top before Steven Taylor was caught in possession by Stephane Sessegnon, who was in on goal, until referee Howard Webb blew for a soft free-kick.

The visitors were soon rewarded for their bright start as Sessegnon fired past Tim Krul after Jonas Gutierrez carelessly gave possession away in midfield.

The Beninese striker still had plenty to do after receiving a square ball from James McClean but after shrugging off two challenges, he gave Krul no chance from the edge of the area.

The hosts almost hit back immediately as Cisse was denied not once but twice by Simon Mignolet.

Firstly, the striker latched onto a flick on but couldn't beat the Sunderland ‘keeper from eight yards and then from the resulting corner, saw his goal bound shot stopped by the Belgian.

The midfield trio of Cabaye, Tiote and Sissoko began to pull the strings as Alan Pardew's side started to knock on the Sunderland door with some determination.

However, Newcastle nearly found themselves further behind before the break but Cuellar headed straight at Krul from point-blank range.

Newcastle thought they were level on the hour mark but Cisse was flagged offside after slotting home from a tight angle.

In his last throw of the dice, Pardew sent Hatem Ben Arfa into the action but the Frenchman couldn't direct his header on target shortly after being introduced before Cisse fired wide from Debuchy’s low cross.

After soaking up the pressure, Di Canio's side landed the killer blow as Johnson's sensational curling effort gave substitute ‘keeper Rob Elliot, who replaced the injured Krul, no chance from 30 yards.

Shortly after, Sessegnon found Vaughan on the left-hand corner of the penalty area before the Welsh international cracked a screamer into the top corner with his left foot.


Cisse looking for derby glory

13 April 2013 16:58

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse says he is desperate to score his first Tyne-Wear derby goal against Sunderland this Sunday.

Cisse admitted his first clash between the two sides took him by surprise as there was a clear change in tempo from regular Premier League matches to the derby.

"Last season when I played in the game against Sunderland it was difficult for me," the Senegal international said.

"It was early in my career. Now, though, I know what this game is all about.

"I remember my first derby. We were losing 1-0 and the manager called for Shola (Ameobi). He came on and saved us. The fans celebrated so much to see a 1-1 draw.

"That was the moment I knew how important the game was. This year I will do better.

"I also think the Sunderland game is one for Shola.

"If the manager picks me on the pitch I will try with everything I have. Maybe I will score as well in the game.

"Shola loves to score in this game so we will see."

Ameobi has scored nine goals in the Tyne-Wear derby, only two goals off the record held by Jackie Milburn.


Di Canio not fazed by fans chanting

12 April 2013 18:20

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio insists any fascist-style chanting from Newcastle supporters won't affect him during the North East derby.

There have been concerns that the game at St James' Park on Sunday, coupled with the recent appointment of the controversial Italian, could spark trouble among supporters.

The police have warned against fans gesturing distastefully towards the new Black Cats manager, but Di Canio says he will only pay attention to the Sunderland faithful, heading into a vital clash for their Premier League survival and local bragging rights.

"Why? I don't feel nothing or hear them. For sure, I will hear much more the 2,000 Sunderland fans, who will be much more loud than the 50,000 of Newcastle. I will absorb their energy," he said.

"When I was a footballer, especially away fans, they were an extra lift.

"Away from home, they would sing, 'Paolo Di Canio' and I wanted to score and celebrate. Now I am a manager I am only focused towards my players."

Meanwhile, after criticising his players, claiming the former regime under Martin O'Neill has left them lacking in fitness, the former Swindon manager admits he can't make major alterations at this late stage in the season.

"We don't want such a risk as at this stage of the season you can cause problems to the players," he added.

"So I can't work in the way I would like to do. That is very difficult, you have to do it gradually.

"At this moment I have to make sure the few changes I make are the right ones."


Premier League preview: Newcastle United v Sunderland

12 April 2013 15:00

The 144th Tyne-Wear derby between rivals Newcastle and Sunderland on Sunday has a lot more riding on it than just local bragging rights.

Newcastle (36 points) find themselves only five points clear of the relegation zone in 13th position while Sunderland are clinging to safety by the skin of their teeth.

The 17th-placed Stadium of Light outfit (31 points) only have their heads above water because their goal difference (-11) is superior to Wigan (-20) who currently occupy the first relegation spot.

While Sunderland's chances of heading to the Championship next season are greater than Newcastle's, the latter would want to be careful and make every post a winner - beginning with their age-old rivals this weekend.

And Newcastle will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of being knocked out of the Europa League at the quarter-final stage by Benfica on Thursday.

Alan Pardew's men have not been in the greatest of form recently either, winning just one of their last five matches in all competitions - a period which included three consecutive losses to strugglers Wigan (2-1), defending champions Manchester City (4-0) and Benfica (3-1).

However, Newcastle will draw confidence from the fact that they are undefeated in their last seven outings - including five wins - at St James' Park, the venue for Sunday's match.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have endured a horrid run which has seen them fail to secure a victory in any of their last nine league clashes.

Their last win came almost three months ago on January 19 against Wigan and new manager Paolo Di Canio will be desperate to arrest that worrying trend.

Adding to Sunderland's concern heading into this clash is the fact they have lost their last four matches on the road and also their failure to win at St James' Park since 2000.

Furthermore, Sunderland have not won any of the last six Tyne-Wear derbies, despite drawing four of them, with their last victory in the celebrated fixture coming in October 2008.

But despite Newcastle's strong home form and Sunderland's failings, Pardew says his team are the underdogs for this encounter.

"I think it's a disadvantage for us. To play Thursday night, and their management here to watch us go through a really tough game (against Benfica), is what I would want as an opposing manager," Pardew told The Chronicle.

"I think Sunderland will be slight favourites for that game."

The derby clashes are always hotly contested but this weekend's clash is sure to have more spice added with reports Newcastle fans intend to target Di Canio by taunting him.

But the Italian welcomed the prospect, insisting it would only fire him up more to get a result.

"I will hear much more the 2000 Sunderland fans, who will be much more loud than the 50,000 of Newcastle. I will absorb their energy," Di Canio said.

"When I was a footballer, especially away fans, they were an extra lift.

"Away from home, they would sing, 'Paolo Di Canio' and I wanted to score and celebrate. Now I am a manager I am only focused towards my players."

In a blow to Sunderland, though, striker Danny Graham is in doubt for the remainder of the season after damaging knee ligaments in training earlier this week.


Police warn Newcastle fans over jibes

11 April 2013 18:01

Newcastle fans have been warned by police that they may face arrest should they taunt Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio on Sunday.

The Italian has rarely been out of the headlines since his arrival at the Stadium of Light, largely due to his political beliefs, and police feel this topic may well represent ammunition for a hostile home crowd.

However, local police chief superintendent Steve Neill is adamant that such abuse would not be taken lightly by the authorities, who will be monitoring the crowd throughout the north-east derby.

Di Canio was suspended for making a Roman salute to fans while playing for Lazio in 2005 and later said he was a 'fascist but not a racist'.

"Offensive behaviour can constitute a criminal offence and such behaviour is taken seriously," Neill said.

"Offensive gestures, particularly those with a suggestion of racist connotations, are completely unacceptable and we will take positive action against anyone seen acting in an offensive or racist manner.

"While some individuals may see this sort of behaviour as a means of poking fun at opposing fans - it is not a joke.

"Football matches are routinely monitored by CCTV and even if action is not taken during the match, it can be checked retrospectively.

"We have demonstrated on numerous previous occasions our ability to trace offenders and put them before the courts, which can lead to a criminal record and possible football banning order.

"I would urge fans to act responsibly and reflect upon the impact any form of disorder or offensive behaviour has on others, themselves, the reputation of both clubs and the North East."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25
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