Danny Rose

DR: Atmosphere was special

by Kate Smith

Rose on derby day experience.

On loan defender Danny Rose had his first taste of the north-east derby in Sunday’s home draw with local rivals Newcastle United.

The 22 year-old, who made the switch from Tottenham to Sunderland at the beginning of the season, revealed that the atmosphere of the Wear-Tyne clash was the best he has played in.

After the game, Rose said: “I’m very lucky to have played in the north London derby and to have been on the bench on a couple of occasions.

“I’m not just saying this because I’m at Sunderland now, but the was the best atmosphere I’ve ever experienced.

“I came through the ranks at Leeds and played in some of their big games  – but this derby was something special.”

The defender admitted that he was overwhelmed by the support and the noise from the 47,000 plus crowd that filled the Stadium of Light.  

“I’ve never known a fixture to be talked about for a month before the actually day of the game.” Rose added.

“Ever since I signed the fans and staff have all said they look forward to the derby and now I understand why.

“It’s a cliché in football but the fans really were the twelfth man and they helped us over the finish line.

“Even at 1-0 down the fans were right behind us.

“Everyone showed the grit and determination to get that point  – I’m just disappointed it wasn’t all three!