Premier League: Sunderland winger Adam Johnson hopes to beat Newcastle again
Adam Johnson is hoping Sunderland can again hold the upper hand against Newcastle United at St James' Park.
Last Updated: 01/02/14 12:08pm
Sunderland won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light earlier this season and beat Newcastle 3-0 in last season's derby at St James' Park.
Gus Poyet's side head to Newcastle on Saturday outside the bottom three after beating Stoke City in midweek, in addition to reaching the final of the Capital One Cup and the fifth round of the FA Cup over the past fortnight.
Newcastle will be without top scorer Loic Remy and captain Fabricio Coloccini, and Johnson is determined to ensure Sunderland are celebrating again.
"We have watched Newcastle's games and we have to try and take advantage of what has happened to them," Johnson is quoted in the Daily Mirror.
"We will go into the game knowing it is a big blow for Newcastle to lose not just their best player, but their two best players. The goals Remy has scored speak for themselves, but it is still a very tough place to go at St James' Park and we have just got to go for it.
"If there is any way we can get a one per cent or two per cent advantage over the opposition, then that must be good for us.
"There will be a few of their players wanting to get one over us after what happened last year. There were a few angry players after the game but that's the derby for you. I'm so looking forward to it again.
"Just the win made it so special. It is no different this year. If we can build on what we have done in the last couple of weeks and get a result there, we will be happy and we are definitely going there to win. We have been very good away from home and have played very well.
"Against them in head to heads, we have had the upper hand, but they are doing very well in the league and are doing better than us. However, on derby day it is anybody's.
"We have shown in the last two derbies that we know how to win, but Newcastle are sitting a lot more comfortably in the league."
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