Jack Colback has admitted he does not mind how Sunderland perform in Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby as long as they win the game.
The Black Cats have beaten their arch-rivals in the league on Wearside only once since 1980, and have just one win either home or away against the Magpies in 15 attempts.
However, Sunderland firmly believe they have not received their just rewards during that run of fixtures and, apart from a 4-1 home defeat in April 2006 and a 5-1 horror show at St James' Park in October 2010, there has been little to choose between the sides in recent years.
For that reason, Tyneside-born Colback will not worry how the three points arrive on Sunday as long as they do.
The 22-year-old said: "Certainly from what I can remember growing up, it's always seemed to be that way, that Sunderland have played well and just not got the rub of the green. The games have always been tight.
"But it is certainly something we will be looking to change. We would rather have a shocker of a game performance-wise and win the game than play well and lose, for sure.
"It's the type of game in which, certainly at home, defeat just isn't an option."
As ever in a derby, many fans of either side would be happy enough with a point which means they can go to work on Monday morning and give as good as they get, knowing defeat would leave them in the firing line until at least the return on Tyneside in April.
But that is not a feeling which will be shared in the home dressing room this weekend.
Colback said: "No, definitely not. For us, it's a home game and it's a home game we will be looking to win.
"Fans will be saying they would take a draw because that's how intense it is and the thought of defeat to them, they don't want to see it happen.
"By saying they would take a draw, it's probably meaning they really don't want to lose.
"But we will be looking to win and hopefully we will give them that win."