Revenge would be sweet for Cats

A DIE-HARD Sunderland fan admits "revenge would be sweet" ahead of this weekend's big Tyne-Wear derby.

It has been a nightmare three months for season ticket holder Kavan Young since Sunderland's embarrasing 5-1 mauling at the hands of Newcastle United in October – made even worse by the fact Kavan's best mate is a black and white.

In the build up to that fixture, the Mail reported on how friends Kavan, and Toon fan Adam Fishwick, became sworn enemies for the day when the rival teams came head-to-head at St James's Park.

Journalism student, Adam, 19, of Peterlee, comfortably won the bragging rights that time, with his team steamrollering their deadliest rivals and leaving manager Steve Bruce counting the days to the return game on Wearside.

But while Adam is remaining tight-lipped ahead of the big game, Kavan insists that the 90 minutes he endured in Geordieland was the lowest moment he can remember supporting the red and whites.

The 19-year old said he can't see the same thing happening again this weekend, but is refusing to build his teams chances up too much.

Kavan, who lives in Peterlee, said: "I wouldn't exactly say I am going in hopeful after the last time and we do have quite a few injuries at the minute.

"But I think both times are quite even at the minute, what ever happens it has to be better than last time.

"I don't think league positions and form matter going into derby games, but revenge would definitely be sweet."

Sunderland have actually rocketed up the table since the derby defeat in October and find themselves currently sitting pretty in sixth position.

And after both teams suffered giant-killing defeats in the FA cup last weekend, they will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

Pundits are expecting a tight affair, but after the last result, who would dare predict the outcome this time out?

"I do think it will be close, but I reckon we will nick it, maybe 2-1."

said Kavan, who is also studying journalism at Sunderland University.

"The main thing is we carry on the good form in the league, because we do have a good chance of finishing sixth this year which would be a good season.

"But it would be nice to say we had won the home derby game as well."