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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.

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