ALAN Pardew says Sunderland “can only dream” of emulating Newcastle United’s achievements in Europe.
United lost the 148th Tyne-Wear derby 3-0 at St James’s Park last Sunday – and Pardew is already looking forward to the chance to set the record straight.
Manager Pardew felt his team’s exertions against Benfica four days earlier in a Europa League quarter-final – Newcastle lost 4-2 on aggregate – were a factor in the defeat.
However, for the moment, Pardew – whose side face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns tomorrow – is focused on keeping the relegation-threatened club in the Premier League.
“It was a great day for Sunderland and it was, for us, a tough day,” said Pardew.
“But I would rather play and give it a good go in the quarter-final of the Europa League, and they can only dream of that.
“Next year, there’s always another game – and you know, in these games an in a managerial career, you get setbacks that are really not nice that you have to carry.
“For us, it’s done, it’s history, we can’t change it. We have to always carry it, like they have all the defeats we have put on them, so we will move on.”
The Benfica game was United’s 134th in Europe. Sunderland have played four games against continental opposition.