Sunderland striker Graham pleased by his derby performance

Sunderland striker Danny Graham was pleased with his performance in victory at Newcastle United.

Sunderland striker Danny Graham was pleased with his performance in victory at Newcastle United.

Graham had come in for some criticism for his contributions in recent weeks, but he hopes that Sunday's display can kick-start his Sunderland career.

"I worked hard for the team against Newcastle and I was pleased with my performance," he said. "I didn't get on the score sheet but I think that was the best I've played in a Sunderland shirt.

"Of course I would have liked to have scored, but if ever a game was about the result, rather than individual glory, then the derby is it.

"It was a great team performance, a fantastic victory which has lifted everyone around the place and that's what counts.

"But it did my confidence a world of good too because we are very attack minded now and that suits my game."

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