Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Derby Fight-Back Can Be the Springboard to a Successful Survival Mission

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Derby Fight-Back Can Be the Springboard to a Successful Survival Mission

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IT'S onwards and upwards for Newcastle United now after a very positive second-half display against Sunderland. Yes it was only a draw, but I think it could prove to be an invaluable point come the end of the season.

Don't get me wrong, a victory would have been nice and would have relieved the pressure a little more, but the way the Magpies fought back and controlled the second 45 minutes gives me confidence that they can survive.

There'll be plenty of twists and turns before the end of the season, and Newcastle have ensured this fight will go down to the wire.

Over the next two weeks, Rafa Benitez has the opportunity to really work with this group of players, get them all playing the way he wants them to, and organise them further.

Already in the week-and-ahalf the Spaniard has been at St James' Park he has turned the Magpies into a far more solid and cohesive unit; now he needs to work on turning that organisation into victories.

During the first half of the Tyne-Wear derby, I thought Sunderland were the better side.

The Black Cats arrived at St James' Park with a clever strategy and they disrupted Newcastle's flow; it's easy for people like me to sit here before the match and say about how the Magpies must take control, but there is an opposition out there too who can disrupt even the best-laid game plans.

United struggled for rhythm, and didn't really create too many clear-cut opportunities during the opening 45 minutes.

If Sunderland had played the same way throughout the entirety of the game, Newcastle would probably have lost - but during the second half the Black Cats sat a lot deeper, and the Magpies really grew into the game.

Strangely - and a lot of people will probably disagree with me on this point - I was really confident throughout the entirety of the second 45 that Newcastle would score, mainly because of just how deep Sunderland started playing. …

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