Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat says he is desperate to see past Newcastle United in the Tynewear derby, when the two fierce rivals lock horns this weekend, reports Sky Sports.
The Black Cats boast a great recent record against the Magpies, beating them in their last four Premier League meetings, but Advocaat isn’t taking anything for granted. He believes that his side’s past history against Newcastle stands for nothing if they lose such a crucial game this weekend.
Sunderland are in a precarious position in the table, and are in danger of the drop if they can’t hit some form soon, which makes their clash against Newcastle all the more important. Both sides are in woeful form ahead of their meeting at the Stadium of Light, but Advocaat is purely focusing on the game, and not about resting on any laurels with the Black Cats’ form against United in the past.
It’s a game that will be close to call, with both sides struggling for form, but Advocaat knows the importance of the fixture, and doesn’t want to hear any more talk about how the Black Cats boast a good record in past meetings. He wants his side to deliver.
“The past doesn’t count anymore. We don’t get more points because of the last four games. It’s a special game on Sunday, everybody knows that, but I also said that it’s a home game for us – that can be a big advantage,” he said.
“Every game for us is a special match, and because it is Newcastle it is special, but we still need the points and we still have only eight games left. It is very important that we can show our fans that we really want to win and if we can get them behind us it can be a very important weapon.”
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