Cisse: I will work harder to get my first goal against Sunderland

Fully aware of the game's importance, Newcastle's Senegalese striker has vowed to put in extra effort against the Black Cats to break his scoring duck in the Tyne-Wear derby
Papiss Cisse has promised to work harder against Sunderland, as the Newcastle forward is still waiting to score his first goal in the Tyne-Wear derby.

The striker has admitted that last season's game took him by surprise as there was a clear change in tempo from regular Premier League games to the derby.

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."

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."

Ameobi has scored nine goals in the Tyne-Wear derby, only two goals off the record held by Jackie Milburn.