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.”