Newcastle fullback Simpson: Sunderland games best I've experienced

Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson says the derby against Sunderland is always something special.

Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson says the derby against Sunderland is always something special.

He rates the Tyne-Wear derby as one of the most exciting ­contests he has ever played in.

He said: “I’ve played in three and never experienced any other game like it. It means so much to the people here. It’s like a religion.

“All you want to do is win and we’ve got a great chance to do the double over them. I was at ­Sunderland for four months and we didn’t lose a game. We won the league and it was a good time, but it was a long time ago now.

“My time at Sunderland kicked on my career so I’ll always be grateful for that.”

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