Newcastle United took the pitch at the Stadium Light on Easter Sunday with all the appropriate words having been said. "It's a derby" "No side of mine will lack for effort in the derby" and all of the other things you'd expect from a club just providing their fans with lip service in a lost season. Their effort on the day, told the same story. It was all just lip service.
Truly, it did take a moment of brilliance (again) from Sunderland to take the three points, now equaling the longest consecutive matches won streak in the near 120-year history of the matchup. Honestly, though, Newcastle were never in this. Our supposed Captain Marvel – Moussa Sissoko who is desperate to leave Newcastle – was invisible yet again and the rest of the squad didn't fare much better. There were some things that didn't go our way a penalty call that wasn't given in the first half, for instance, and the non-foul that led to the goal... but the fact is that Newcastle were nowhere near good enough on this day. We have made a team who really should be going down look like a top side.
This is a squad that is in need of a MAJOR overhaul and a coaching staff that are fat and happy knowing that their cheap cost is going to keep them in a job in perpetuity. There have started to be some rumblings on the twitter today, but I would like to drop this right here. It's way more real than you want to think.