Danny Rose: “The gaffer’s said we’ve got to fight a war on Sunday.
“We’ve got to try and forget about Chelsea (who beat them 2-1 at the weekend), and try and use the things we did well and take them into the derby.”
Black Cats goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has warned his team-mates not to take the game out of context.
Mignolet: “We can’t think about what’s going to happen in the Everton game (which follows the derby) or the game after that, or what’s going to happen at the end of the season.
“Now we have to focus and get ourselves ready for the game against Newcastle because there are three points to win, three points to lose.
“I know obviously it’s a derby game and there is much more at stake than only the three points, but as a football players, you can’t think of that because that’s not important at this moment.
“Points are far more important, and therefore we have to focus ourselves on that and nothing else.
“There is no such thing as luck in football, you just force that yourself.
“Let’s make sure we force the luck our way against Newcastle because that’s very important.
“If we can get the three points there, there are still 15 points to play for.
“In my short career, I know what it is when a manager leaves and when a new manager comes in.
“There’s always one factor that is always the same, and it’s when there are not enough points and when the results go against you, and unfortunately, that happened for Martin O’Neill.
“As a team when you don’t get the results, there’s always something to change and you always need something to happen to get a turn-around.
“The club has tried to do that with appointing a new manager. We had a great first half against Chelsea, we also had a decent second half against Manchester United – let’s hope we can combine those two halves now into one game against Newcastle.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad