‘Strong’ Alnwick backed for Tyne-Wear derby test by Newcastle midfielder Sissoko

Jak Alnwick receives treatment at Spurs in midweek
Jak Alnwick receives treatment at Spurs in midweek
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MOUSSA Sissoko has backed goalkeeper Jak Alnwick to get over his costly mistake in Newcastle’s midweek Capital One Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.

Alnwick’s error led to the crucial first goal, scored by Nabil Bentaleb.

Nacer Chabli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado netted second-half efforts to give Mauricio Pochettino’s side a convincing 4-0 victory – and a semi-final double header against League One club Sheffield United.

Alnwick, Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper but in pole position following injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, was today being assessed ahead of the derby, having suffered a shoulder injury against Tottenham.

Sissoko is confident that the 21-year-old can put a difficult night at White Hart Lane behind him against Sunderland, the club with which he started his career as a youngster.

“We’re not worried about it – anybody can make a mistake in a game,” said Sissoko.

“It’s OK. We have to forget about this. Jak is strong, he will be OK for Sunday, if he’s fit.”

Sissoko, reflecting on the cup setback, added: “It’s sad. We tried to win the game, but we were playing against a very good Tottenham team.

“Now it is over and we have to think about the next game on Sunday.”