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Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran hoping to finish above Sunderland

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Newcastle forward Yoan Gouffran says it would be 'great' if Newcastle United could finish above North East neighbours Sunderland in the Premier League this season.

The Frenchman scored Newcastle's only goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion but afterwards his thoughts were still very much on the defeat to Sunderland at St James' Park the week before.

Gouffran said: "Even though I am, obviously, not from Newcastle, I still understood the importance of the derby. It's an historic fixture.

"The fact Sunderland have started picking up points doesn't really affect us.

"It would be great to finish above them. We don't really pay much attention to them but it would be sweet for the fans."

Newcastle's next game is on Saturday against Liverpool where they will be looking to build on the point they earned at The Hawthorns at the weekend.