Fabio Borini reminisces about his derby goals against Newcastle

Fabio Borini

The Italian is looking forward to facing the Tyneside club this weekend and has admitted that scoring in a derby is special.

Sunderland attacker Fabio Borini has stated that the Tyne-Wear derby is a special fixture and reminisced on the club’s official website about his goals against Newcastle in the past.

The Italian forward scored in two derby wins for the Black Cats while on loan in 2013-14 and has since made his switch to the Stadium of Light from Liverpool permanent.

Borini had found first-team football hard to come by at Anfield and as such scoring for Sunderland against their most bitter rivals was a special feeling.

“You can see it [the emotions] on my face in those pictures,” the Italy international told Sunderland’s official website.

“It was almost like a relief for me because it was a hard time after my first season at Liverpool, and after I came here I wasn’t playing too much, but Gus [Poyet] put me on and I scored the winner.

“To score the winner in that way at home for my first goal was something special.

“We had two wins and I scored twice so it was good feelings for me [during previous derbies].

“I said before in a previous interview that the derby is the game where all the supporters turn up for the coach two hours before the game, and by the time you warm up the stadium is already full!”

“It is something different and you can feel it when you approach the stadium and go into the dressing room.”

Sunderland are the only team in English football yet to record a win in 2015-16 and have replaced Dick Advocaat with former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce in hope that the team’s fortunes will change for the better.

Three points from nine matches is a terrible start for the Wearside outfit, who will look to get a victory on home soil against a Newcastle side that has also had a slow start to the new campaign.

Sunderland have an excellent recent record against their foes, winning all five of the last five meetings between the sides.

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