Moussa Sissoko: Why I'm desperate to beat Sunderland

The Newcastle United stand-in captain wants to beat his side's fierce rivals.

Newcastle stand-in skipper Moussa Sissoko dearly wants to beat Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby after the international break, according to the Shields Gazette.

The 25-year-old, who has recently been appointed captain by boss John Carver, admits he came to the Magpies to play 'the big games' - and would naturally be disappointed with the club's record against Sunderland under previous boss Alan Pardew.

And Sissoko's motivation to guide Newcastle to victory over the Black Cats is two-fold, he says. Indeed, the midfielder wants to win for his team-mates - and for the fans.

“I came here to play in the big games,” Sissoko told reporters.

“And I know for Newcastle as a club and for all the fans, when you play against Sunderland, it’s a big game. I want to win this game for my team first and for the fans as well.”

Newcastle lost their last Premier League clash 2-1 to Arsenal this weekend gone and have been on a poor run of late.

Sunderland, though, have hardly been flying themselves, with new boss Dick Advocaat continuing Gus Poyet's losing trend in his first game in charge of the Black Cats.

It may just provide Newcastle's best opportunity to win a Tyne-Wear derby, then, even though that hasn't stopped Sunderland upsetting the odds in the past.

Sissoko, meanwhile, also commented on why it was Carver saw enough in him to elect him stand-in captain at St James' Park.

“I’m happy to be captain,” he said. “I know it’s a big responsibility. I think I’ve showed some good things - that’s why the manager chose me. I was happy.

“After, for me, it’s the same. Whether I’m captain or not, I try to do my best for the team."

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