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The gravy will be "lumpy" if we lose, says Pardew

Alan Pardew has said the gravy will be "lumpy" if Newcastle are not able to pull off a win in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

Implying that defeat would ruin his Christmas, the Newcastle manager said: "Particularly around Christmas time when it's goodwill to all men, the gravy's going to be a bit lumpy if we lose."

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said victory for the Black Cats would be "fantastic" and "unique".

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VIDEO: Police say they are ready for Sunday's derby

Northumbria Police says it is fully prepared ahead of its busiest weekend of the year. More officers than ever before will be on duty at Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

The game coincides with the last shopping weekend before Christmas - thousands of people will head to Newcastle city centre for last-minute shopping as well as festive events like pantomimes.

As Kenny Toal reports, police have changed their tactics and they are hoping the season of goodwill extends to both sets of supporters.

50 boxes of chicken meat stolen in Newcastle

Police want to speak to anyone who has recently been offered cheap chicken after 50 boxes of fowl were stolen in Newcastle.

The burglary happened overnight (from Thursday 18 December into Friday 19) at Booker's Cash and Carry on Bath Street in Walker. The meat was taken form an outside freezer.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who has been offered cheap frozen chicken for sale.

Members of the public can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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