Best desperate for Toon start
Newcastle striker Leon Best is hopeful of playing a part in Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby.
Last Updated: 12/01/11 4:36pm
Newcastle striker Leon Best has revealed he is hopeful of playing a part in Sunday's eagerly anticipated Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash against Sunderland following an ankle injury.
Best, who bagged a hat-trick against West Ham in the Magpies' last Premier League game, started the FA Cup defeat at Stevenage on Saturday but was forced off at half-time.
However, with Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll both doubtful for the crunch battle Best could play a big part in the game on Wearside if he is passed fit.
"It would be the biggest game of my career," Best told the Chronicle. "That's what I want to play in.
"We need to keep winning and getting up the table, and I want to part of it.
"West Ham was a massive win, and the Wigan game put us on the right track.
"We have shown what a good team we are."
Best admits he would love to play his part in a repeat performance of Newcastle's 5-1 humiliation of their rivals at St James's Park in October.
"It will be unbelievable and I would love to see the exact same score again at Sunderland," he added.
"That would be for the team and the fans."