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Newcastle boss Pardew excited ahead of Sunderland clash

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is excited about his first Northeast derby with Sunderland.

Pardew is confident he knows exactly what to expect.

He said: "It is certainly the biggest game I will have as Newcastle United manager this season.

"I have seen many Tyne-Wear derbies before and I know what they are - explosive.

"I have played in London derbies and last year I was at Southampton when we played Portsmouth for the first time in a few years. That was quite ferocious.

"However, I know that this will be on a much, much larger scale than that. I am sure of that.

"I am looking forward to it and I know the players are. They are determined to bounce back from the weekend and get a result."

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