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Post Mag Love in...
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It would be fair to say that I am feeling more than a little fragile this morning! Derby days are just fantastic – the build-up, anticipation and the toe curling fear is gripping. However, this one, I so wanted to win for a different reason.

I acknowledge that this may make me sound childish, petty or even a tad bitter, could be a good degree of truth in all of that! In the Summer, when Judas departed, I wasn’t overly surprised and I got he wanted to stay in the North East with his family. However, what really fooking irked me, were his comments to the press about “going to a big club”. He seemed to have forgotten that he wouldn’t have had a career without Sunderland, our great fans deserved better than him basically sticking his two fingers up to us.

I headed to the pub for a beer before the game and there was a fellow Mackem there. We were chatting about performance and both violently agreed it would be a massive kick in the teeth if he scored. We both laughed at the thoughts of an own goal from him though!

Anyway, the game unfolded and despite being worried initially with Revelleire, I thought the whole team played exceptionally well and we deserved the points.

When Johnson scored, the skunks in the pub were rather quiet, the 5 plus minutes of added time felt like an eternity and the sense of relief, pride and smug satisfaction that they had been shushed again was immense!

Looking at the pictures of Judas being (consoled, mocked, and laughed at) by Johnson were simply balm to me Sunderland loving heart. Boom, there you go Judas, your silence has been deafening today, your big club is welcome to you.

Now to make my Christmas just a tad more special, another 3pts from the pastie eater would be the icing on my Christmas cake!

In Gus I Trust
Melanie

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ALS DERBY BLOG…
By Eve Sayers

So we did it. We made it four in a row, something which I never thought was possible.

Christmas truly did come early. After squandering chance after chance, the delirium Johnson caused when we scored was unprecedented.

Of course we've experienced late equalisers against the Mags before, and late winners in other games but I've never seen us win so late on against them. By stealing it right in the 90th minute was the best present Sunderland could have given us.

Any Newcastle fan who reckons they deserved it is deluded. We had chance after chance which we failed to net, admittedly Pantilimon was on top form but we edged it. Seeing Johnson send Sunderland fans everywhere into raptures was amazing. Seeing Colback so downbeat as the ball hit the net was nearly as amazing as the goal itself.

The fact that it was in front of the Gallowgate where Johnson netted as well made the goal all the more special and it's a memory we can savour for sometime. It was a class touch by our players doing the Klinsmann in front of our fans at full time; they genuinely did look like kids at Christmas.

Away from the fact we got one over on our rivals...again, it was a vital three points for us. Hopefully we use this as a chance to kick on for the rest of the season now and capitalise on it with a victory over Hull on Boxing Day.

Ha'way the lads, four in a row, we're having a laugh.

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More derby victory craic…
You sing 5-1, we sing 4 in a row!

LIFE IS GOOD. Well I don’t know about anyone else but I hardly slept last night. Liam Bricutt also seems to be loving it: “I was having a bit of a joke after the final whistle. I’ve only played in two north-east derbies and we’ve won them both – the first was my first game for Sunderland too. I’ve also never ever lost against Newcastle – two wins with Brighton and two wins with Sunderland – I’m happy with that record. It was a nervy game and I think it’s always going to be like that in a derby, especially when it was 0-0 for so long. It’s one of those games that you just want to be involved in and try and enjoy as much as you can. The three points are massive for us. It didn’t matter who we were playing today we needed those points on the board and to get a win under our belts, however, it’s just a huge bonus that the win came in the derby!”

Elsewhere, Adam Johnson talks about the moment all Mackems dream of doing themselves: “It’s up there with the best moments of my career, definitely in the top three, scoring at the Gallowgate End in the last minute and in those circumstances. I can’t describe the feeling, to honest. I was a bit disappointed with the chance I’d missed previously and wanted to make up for it. [When the chance came] I could feel everything around me but you have to black everything out in circumstances like that keep your cool. The rest is history, as they say. We generated clear-cut chances and on another day could have been out of sight. I thought we dug deep and deserved the win overall. There must be some history made with three goals in a row in a derby away from home and those wins – personally it was a great day for me.”

Now, I can’t be the only one who was horrified when Sebastian Coates was named as a last-ditch switch in the team but I thought he played really well after his early booking. The Uruguayan thought his performance was good too: “For me, I want to play and I want to improve, day by day. I’ve waited for my opportunity and to do the best I can. You don’t have time to think about anything. You just have to concentrate on the game and do the best you can. For sure, that’s my best game for Sunderland so far, but I think it was a great game for the team. It was a great experience. I think a derby in every part of the world is the match you want to win. That should be great for our confidence because we’ve been drawing so many games. We knew we were doing well in the games, but didn’t get the results. We’re pleased to achieve this result and try to take that into Hull now. Hopefully we can carry on winning against Hull. They [Brown and O’Shea] didn’t just help me on Sunday. It’s every day. For me, it’s a pleasure to play with two guys who have done so much in the Premier League. They’ve played for Manchester United, won championships there. So for me, it’s really good.”

Finally here’s Gus Poyet, first talking about the man Coates replaced Anthony Reveillere: “It looks very bad. Anthony went to have a check-up and a MRI and he will have another. It is not a normal injury when you can say he has pulled a muscle or had a problem with his achilles. He felt something really strange so we will wait and see. We should not be talking about one win. It has to be a change. Next week, everybody should be fully confident so we need to win our home game against Hull. That could be one which changes the season. Not yesterday, but winning two or three games in a row. As a person, as a sporting man, I want to be remembered for something nice. We had a difficult season last year and broke a few records. But to get this one is very special. I’m sure if you are a Sunderland fan, you will remember this run of games because there’s no better feeling.” On the goalscorer, Gus added: “I think he cares. He’s got those feelings that he knows what it means to everybody. He wants to be part of history. He doesn’t want to miss these games, he wants to perform in them all the time and he delivers.”

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post Mags craic…
REACTION

Sunderland won 1-0 away at Newcastle in our fourth victory over the great unwashed in a row. Adam Johnson won the game for Sunderland in the late stages after heroic performances from Costel Pantilimon and Seb Larsson. The best early christmas present we could have asked for. Fuck the mags.

The man of the moment Adam Johnson was the first to stick the knife in in his post-match interview, with the local lad quipping: "Three years in a row now, they must hate me. I don't know what to say really, but I am delighted, and to keep a clean sheet means a lot too. It means a lot to me here and is a personal favourite of mine, it is a great ground and we always seem to rise to the occasion."

"That's the best way to win games, especially derby games away from home. We needed to win and hopefully that can kick-start our season. It's massive for us. It's been coming for weeks and weeks and we've done but today was the [reward] for the all hard work."

Gus Poyet admitted that he was actually going to take Johnson off! I'm glad he didn't. Gus said: "To understand what this means you need to live here and be on one side. To see the faces of the people, the fans in the street - they only talk bout this game. It is the biggest present the players could have given - three points over their biggest rivals - and it was totally deserved.

"One action was the difference but overall we had the better chances. But you still need something special to happen. Before we scored there was a great save by Costel Pantillimon, and I was thinking to change Adam Johnson.

"But he really wanted to stay in and scored the goal. Sometimes there is very little you need to win or lose a game. We needed a break that means you score one chance. We missed a few but we didn't stop believing. The idea today was to get three points, to be proud of the team, to make history with the four wins in a row."

And here's a poem

Let it Snow! Four in a Row!

Oh Derby games were so frightful
But four in a row is so delightful
Our defence gave them no place to go
Let it snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

They didn’t show signs of stopping
Taylor's head was nearly a popping
Pardew’s tactics turned way down low
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

They thought a draw it was in sight
But Johno added to their plight
No horses will be out tonight
Pardew can never get it right

The fire in the Mags is dying
And, Alan Pardew he is crying
But as long as you love Sunderland so
Let it snow! Four in a Row! Let it Snow!

Andrea Scott

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