Cisse targets Stoke triumph

Sunderland striker eager to build on derby triumph

Cisse: Stoke focus

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Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse knows their derby victory over Newcastle will be soured if they slip up against Stoke.

"We know that winning the derby is huge for our fans, but it will not feel so good if we do not perform at Stoke."

Djibril Cisse

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Cisse scored the opening goal of Saturday's 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, the first time in 28 years the Black Cats have defeated their bitter rivals on home soil.

Shola Ameobi levelled for the visitors before Kieran Richardson's rocket free-kick 15 minutes from time sealed an historic triumph.

And while the Wearside celebrations continued over the weekend, the former Liverpool striker has already urged his team-mates to turn their attention to Wednesday night's trip to struggling Stoke.

Perform

He told the Sunderland Echo: "We didn't panic. We knew this was our day. We controlled the game and we knew that if we kept playing our football then the winning goal would come.

"Now we have to go to Stoke on Wednesday and perform just as well again.

"We know that winning the derby is huge for our fans, but it will not feel so good if we do not perform at Stoke."

Cisse also paid tribute to the Sunderland fans for the passion they generated from the stands and claims it helped inspire Roy Keane's side to victory.

Magnifique

He added: "I think I said before the game that I really didn't know much about the derby with Newcastle - but I know now!

"I don't think I have played in too many atmospheres like that in my career. It was red hot. We are lucky people to be able to play in a game like that. It is what makes being a professional football such a privilege.

"The fans on Saturday were special - magnifique!

"I have played at other clubs where the fans' heads would have dropped if we conceded a goal like we did, but our fans just got louder and it was their win."