Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Officially There Were No United Fans at Roker Park, but How We Celebrated Another Victory; Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 2: September 4, 1996, Roker Park

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Officially There Were No United Fans at Roker Park, but How We Celebrated Another Victory; Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 2: September 4, 1996, Roker Park

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Byline: Dave Morton Remember When Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE 1996 Wear-Tyne derby saw newly-promoted Sunderland desperate to put one over on Kevin Keegan and his high-flying Entertainers.

Despite dominating a breathless first half, however, the Wearsiders had no answer to United's classy second-half display.

On a night when away fans were banned from Roker, United's goals were met with deathly silence.

Our report in the Chronicle read: "The honeymoon is over for Sunderland. But after a few early tiffs, the marriage of Newcastle United looks to be as strong as ever as they ruined the last Wear-Tyne derby at Roker Park for Sunderland.

"Peter Reid's side last night found out what life in the Premiership is all about. For United only had two real chances all night - and they buried them both. That's the mark of a class side. And United showed for the first time this season that they are a class side. But they had to do it after an unconvincing first half in which they deservedly trooped off a goal behind. Sunderland stopped them from playing in the first half.

"Yet what a difference after the break, with David Batty and Robert Lee taking the game by the scruff of the neck and Les Ferdinand's power causing problems for the Sunderland defence.

"Kevin Keegan achieved what he loves to do, with a surprise team announcement when Philippe Albert drew the short straw, although the recalls of Peter Beardsley and Darren Peacock were expected. Yet there was nothing in the first half for Keegan.

"Sunderland prompted by the admirable Paul Bracewell did all the running.

That's when Peacock earned his corn. He didn't give the much-talked-about Niall Quinn a sniff, while Sunderland-born Steve Howey won his personal and often physical battle with Paul Stewart. But United gave themselves a lot to do when Robbie Elliott dived in against Steve Agnew and while he did catch him, the Sunderland midfielder launched himself into a theatrical roll to make sure Jeff Winter pointed to the spot. …

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