Sam Allardyce says Sunderland’s players shouldn’t need any extra tuition in how to beat Newcastle United this weekend.
While Sunderland have been annual relegation strugglers over the last three years, they have proved to be masters of the derby cauldron after a record-equalling five successive wins over the Magpies.
With nine of the starting XI from April’s derby victory still at the club, Allardyce hopes his players know what it takes to get the better of Steve McClaren’s side on Sunday and secure an elusive first win of the season for the Black Cats.
Allardyce said: “From my point of view, I have to ask the players to do what they have done extremely well over the last five derby matches.
“I shouldn’t think they need much guidance if they can remember what they did last year, and the year before that – and there are still quite a few of them here.
“If they can turn that passion into a great performance, then it will hopefully be another outstanding victory.
“People are telling me that Sunderland victories have never been gained on as regular basis as this, so the responsibility is on me to keep this fantastic record going.
“The players need to feel good on Monday morning for two reasons. Firstly, because of the derby game, and secondly because they need to win.
“There couldn’t be a better game for us to get our first win of the season.”