Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (March 3) a key difference between Newcastle United and Sunderland.
“What worries me about Newcastle is that they can’t score,” said the former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder. “Last night they didn’t score again, and Steve (McClaren) said 'we had done well', but unfortunately you have lost.
"It’s a tough old league this one. If you are not scoring goals, you are not giving yourself that opportunity to even compete.”
“Sunderland really fought hard to get a draw the other night, two a piece, and it just goes to show that they can score,” added Wilkins.
Newcastle are second in the Premier League table at the moment with 24 points from 27 matches.
Sunderland are currently 17th in the standings with 24 points from 28 matches and are outside the bottom three on goal difference.
The Magpies lost 1-0 to Stoke City away from home at the Britannia Stadium in the league on Wednesday evening.
The Black Cats drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light in the league on Tuesday evening.
Given the way Newcastle and Sunderland are playing at the moment, the Magpies are looking likelier to go down to the Championship at the end of the season.
Steve McClaren’s side are struggling defensively and are also failing to put their chances away.
Moreover, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has experience of fighting relegation, and that gives the Black Cats an advantage.