Sam Allardyce believes the biggest challenge his side will face during the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday will be absorbing the atmosphere at St James’ Park.It has been billed as arguably the biggest game between Newcastle and Sunderland for many years and Allardyce admits it is by far the “biggest game of the weekend”.Allardyce’s first win in charge of the Black Cats came in a 3-0 victory against his former side Newcastle earlier in the season and he is confident of a repeat if his team are mentally ready for the Magpies’ crowd.“We’re in pretty good form at the moment but we can’t win a game,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s just converting a good performance into a victory now. Games are running out and victories are the most important thing, starting Sunday – how we get it on Sunday, it doesn’t matter!“My aim is to give the players that mental toughness to go out and perform in that atmosphere.”Due to the FA Cup last weekend, West Ham missed out on playing their Premier League fixture and with the international break next week, it will mean Sunderland will only play one game in three weeks.“I didn’t want to miss a game last weekend so it [the fixture schedule] has been a real problem for us,” he added.“We already face the last week of the season with three games. It’s been a real problem because having played so many games in a short amount of time over Christmas and New Year.“Having a good game against Southampton and then not having another one for two weeks is something I have found a problem.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) A man has died after falling from a tug boat into the River Mersey near the Tranmere Oil Terminal in Wirral, according to the UK authorities.Emergency services were called to Liverpool Pier Head in the evening hours of January 27 following reports from the coastguard about the overboard incident.The man was rescued from the water at the Pier Head and taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead, Merseyside Police said.“At this point there has been no formal identification of the man. A post mortem will be carried out to establish a cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.”Merseyside Police and the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched separate investigations into “the unexplained death” of the man.Tranmere Oil Terminal, located on the West side of the River Mersey, handles vessels of up to 65,000 tonnes. The terminal, which welcomes a total of 140 ships each year, is currently capable of handling cargo sizes up to 170,000 tonnes on part laden very large crude carriers (VLCCs).