Danny Murphy tells Newcastle to start playing like Sunderland

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Sam Allardyce's Sunderland side have looked a much better side since he replaced Dick Advocaat this season.

Danny Murphy has told BBC Sport that Newcastle must start playing like Sunderland to get the points they need this season.

The Magpies are currently rooted in the bottom three of the Premier League table, with last weekend seeing them battered 5-1 by Crystal Palace. That result followed a 3-0 loss to Leicester City, in which they were also thoroughly outplayed at St. James' Park.

In contrast, Sunderland have started to pick up under Sam Allardyce, with last weekend’s win over Stoke their second on the bounce, while they were more than competitive in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Arsenal. 

And now, Murphy says Newcastle should adopt their rival’s style to start picking up points.

The Black Cats have certainly not played pretty football since Allardyce arrived but they have looked so well organised and shown they are willing to fight for points,” he told BBC Sport.

“Almost every time Sunderland get a set-play or a throw-in, the ball goes in the opposition box and they are looking for something to drop for them.”

“They have nicked a couple of results that way, and it is probably time for Newcastle to go down that route too.”

While a change in style may be needed for Newcastle in the long-term, they will certainly have to change things with Liverpool visiting this weekend.

If they defend how they did against Crystal Palace, there is every chance it could be a cricket score, given how the Reds have been among the goals in recent weeks.

They put six past Southampton in midweek, and their defence has been considerably more impressive than Newcastle’s this season.

Magpies fans will be hoping it isn’t another rout come Sunday afternoon.

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