Moyes wary of backlash

Last updated : 30 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

With his side on a run of six consecutive wins and Newcastle having conceded nine goals in two games you would expect him to be relishing Sunday’s trip to St James’ Park.

But Moyes told the Press Association: "It’s a tough place to go, St James’ Park. They’re such a good attacking side and they’re maybe a little bit hurt from the midweek result.

"We know we’ve got a wounded animal to take on on Sunday, and we know we will have to be at our best to get a result.

"I’m not too sure whether it is a good time to be playing them.

"They’ll be disappointed but significantly they had a man sent off early and perhaps didn’t have the opportunity to give them a game and pit themselves against the best.

"I’m sure it was a let-down for them and their supporters but it is never a particularly good time to play them because they are such a good side.

"Obviously they had a wonderful season last year, getting in the Champions League, and you can see how well they’ve done this year."