Barry Dixon: Sunderland MUST build on Newcastle win to kick-start safety bid

Adam Johnson and Billy Jones celebrate derby win against Newcastle
Adam Johnson and Billy Jones celebrate derby win against Newcastle
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Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement you will be well aware that Sunderland’s winning streak over rivals Newcastle is alive and well.

It stands at a record-breaking six in a row and no matter what Newcastle say or do, Sunderland have got into the heads of all at St James’s and it could well be the case that the streak won’t be ending anytime soon.

Sunderland didn’t play well for long periods but converted their chances when they arrived. Newcastle didn’t. Goals win games, something which many in Newcastle and the country seem to have forgotten.

Many “experts” have had their say saying Newcastle deserved the points and it wasn’t a penalty or a red card. Yes, Sunderland were second best for periods but no matter how many corners or how much possession you have, if you don’t score, you don’t win.

If you make a foul in the box you run the risk of giving away a penalty and receiving a red card. 

Football is still a simple game.

The fact that Sunderland weren’t close to their best but still scored three and kept a clean sheet could be something they may have to do more of in the future to get points on the board.

It won’t be the last time this season that Sunderland will be second best, but if they can defend well and grind out a result to get something out of a game, it could keep us from being in another relegation fight. 

Big Sam has stated that Sunderland need to improve, and he is right.

But Sunday’s result against Newcastle is an excellent platform to work from, and if he can get the players to play as we all know they can, then along with everything crossed we can survive this season without too much of a fight and take forward steps without too many backward ones along the way.

* This blog was written by Sunderland fan Barry Dixon. Do you fancy getting something off your chest?

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