NUFC had to forget their very messy, unlucky elimination from the 2011 League Cup at the hands of Arsenal. The score does not do them justice. They played well during the first half. They should have scored first. The game might have gone a whole different direction had that happened. But as soon as the messy match was over, it was time to regroup and prepare for the Tyne-Wear Derby on Sunday afternoon.
So Newcastle have their starters named for Sunday's big home match against arch rivals Sunderland. Once again, they have the opportunity to play well and win at home, something they have not done since August. Newcastle are favored to win. They just need to follow through and play a complete quality game. The supporters are fired up for this match. Will Newcastle reflect their enery and intensity?
Newcastle starting 11:
Defenders: Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose-Enrique
Midfielders: Barton, Tiote, Gutierrez, Nolan
Forwards: Ameobi, Carroll