Papiss Cisse is desperate to grab a goal for Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday after failing to hit the target last season.
The Senegalese forward is yet to score against Sunderland but Cisse hopes to break his duck against his side’s fierce rivals.
Cisse admits he wasn’t fully prepared for last season’s derby, having only just joined the club from Freiburg, but the striker insists he knows what to expect on Sunday.
He told the Chronicle: “Last season when I played in the game against Sunderland it was difficult for me.
“It was early in my career. Now, though, I know what this game is all about.
“I remember my first derby. We were losing 1-0 and the manager called for Shola [Ameobi]. He came on and saved us. The fans celebrated so much to see a 1-1 draw.
“That was the moment I knew how important the game was. This year I will do better.”
Ameobi has a fantastic record against Sunderland, having managed nine goals in the Tyne-Wear derby to date, and Cisse believes his strike partner will add to his tally if given a chance at St James’ Park on Sunday.
He added: “I also think the Sunderland game is one for Shola. If the manager picks me on the pitch I will try with everything I have. Maybe I will score as well in the game.
“Shola loves to score in this game so we will see.”
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