TWO dedicated Sunderland fans are expecting better things from the derby match with a new manager at the helm.
Martyn McFadden, editor of A Love Supreme, and George Foster, of SAFC Supporters’ Association, are putting past defeats behind them and are looking forward to the game on Sunday.
George said: “I’m hoping for a good performance and maybe getting a win.
“I think I would be happy with a point, but if we win it would be marvellous.
“We have to be really happy with Martin O’Neill and he has been putting out the right team each game.
“We could not have a better manager then him and we must put our trust in the manager, and as long as we don’t lose any players before then we should be fine.”
With four years having passed since Sunderland were last victorious against Newcastle, fans are now looking for a bit more passion from the players.
And with the 5-1 defeat in 2010 still fresh in the memory, Black Cats fans are hoping for a new era under O’Neill.
Martyn said: “Against Newcastle we always want to beat them and rub their noses in it as much as possible.
“But recently the players have not been showing the passion that we as fans expect. But hopefully now, as we have a new manager, that should happen.
“On paper we have a similar team but the manager has changed their mentality and filled them with confidence and he is able to change tactics during the game which will help.
“I thought beating Arsenal in the cup and Newcastle in the league would be a great set-up for the rest of the season and we already managed half of that.
Some concern has been expressed about playmaker Stephane Sessegnon’s trip to Ethiopia for an international friendly for Benin, but as long as he returns unharmed then no damage will have been done.
George said: “It’s slightly worrying that Sessegnon is going to play in Africa just a few days before the game.
“He’s a wonderful player and is proving a real handful for defenders, so I hope with all the travelling he won’t pick up an injury.”