Sunderland enjoy illusion of rivalry in 4-0 win over Newcastle Under-21s

08 January 2019 10:04
Jack Ross had played down the sides’ Checkatrade Trophy meeting but nobody eased up in a 4-0 victory that was played amid a fiery atmosphere at the Stadium of LightJack Ross had said he was unwilling to “dress this game up as something it’s not” but neither set of supporters listened to Sunderland’s manager.Deep down, almost everyone accepted it failed to constitute a “proper” north-east derby and compensated by simply pretending it was. Accordingly, within the first 11 minutes there were two earsplitting, giant, bangs made by firecrackers released in the away end and the scent of smoke filled the cool January night air. Related: Gary Crosby: ‘Sir Alex Ferguson called and told me what a mistake I’d made’ Related: Finland forward Riku Riski refuses to play match in Qatar for 'ethical reasons' Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian