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Sunderland's Sessegnon determined to avoid red in Newcastle derby

Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon is hoping to avoid seeing red unlike the last time he faced Newcastle in the North East derby. Sessegnon is determined to make amends on Saturday, when the Magpies visit the Stadium of Light, and is setting his sights on helping Sunderland to a first victory over their arch-rivals since 2008.

He told the Shields Gazette: "I know the importance of this match now. It's a game where all that matters is winning.

"For me personally, yes, it's one where I want to do well because of the last match. After the red card, I felt dreadful, and there won't be a repeat.

"But at the same time, that passes and I want to give my best in this one.

"For the fans, it's a massive match and if we can win, it would give me a lot of pleasure."

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