Date: 8th November 2007 at 4:54pm
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Speaking ahead of the derby game Royston has ordered his commandos to get back on track following a winless six games. The former Ireland international has said he wants to go into the two week break on high:

‘I think it’s a great game for us on the back of a few disappointing results and obviously Newcastle had a disappointing result themselves last weekend. It’s just before the international break and it would be nice to go into the break with a positive result. We are all looking forward to that.

I think Newcastle will be a lot more happy than us in terms of points – they’ve got eight extra points than us, so they’d be happier. But the expectations up here, whether you are a Newcastle fan or a Sunderland fan, they want that bit more, but we have to focus on ourselves. We certainly need positive results at home and we are trying to get them.’