Costel Pantilimon reflects on Sunderland's win over Newcastle

Sunderland's win over Newcastle United is one which will live long in the memory of Costel Pantilimon.

Costel Pantilimon has had an impressive first season at Sunderland, but he has told the club's official website that one moment has been particularly memorable.

Sunderland may not have had the best of campaigns, but their 1-0 win over arch-rivals Newcastle United last month was an experience that Pantilimon will remember forever.

The Romanian stopper says that the atmosphere generated at the Stadium of Light that day was electric, and he is hoping that the noise levels will be turned up again on Saturday when Sunderland take on Leicester City.

“We’ve had difficult moments but I won’t forget the beautiful ones such as Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light," he said.

"At home when the fans supported us all the time and I want it to be like this on Saturday, so we can enjoy our football and win the game so everyone is happy.”

Sunderland need to beat Leicester to confirm their Premier League safety, so they should be backed by a vociferous crowd.

The Black Cats have won their last two fixtures, with positivity that had been in short supply for some time on Wearside returning in abundance.

Beating Leicester will be a challenge, though, as Nigel Pearson's side have improved considerably themselves over recent times.

The Midlands outfit are one of the Premier League's form teams and will travel to the North East full of confidence regarding their chances of securing a positive result.

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