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JJ'S RETURN

Posted on 8 February 2006  - 12:00

For Jermaine Jenas, Sunday's trip to the Stadium of Light will provide a return to the scene of his full Newcastle debut when we take on Sunderland.

For Jermaine Jenas, Sunday's trip to the Stadium of Light will provide a return to the scene of his full Newcastle debut when we take on Sunderland.

It was February 24 2002 when a then 18-year-old Jermaine helped his new team mark the occasion with a 1-0 win shortly after his transfer from Nottingham Forest.

He will be hoping his luck continues following his switch from the North East to N17, as he reported he enjoyed a good record against teams from the region. It has held up pretty well so far, with us recording victories over both Sunderland and Newcastle since JJ joined, as well as a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough.

"It was a great way to introduce myself to the fans up there and to Premiership football as a whole," said JJ of his introduction at Sunderland just under four years ago. "It was great, we played well on the day and won 1-0.

"I had a decent record up there, never lost one of the derbies and that was the first of many."

JJ went on to report that the Tyne-Wear coming together is a fervent encounter, one very similar to his experience this season in the North London derby.

"They are, it was very lively, very hostile and the fans are obviously not the best of friends so the atmosphere was electric.

"They are both up there with the best, I thought the atmosphere at White Hart Lane was phenomenal in that game and I think they are probably about on a par."

Meanwhile, JJ believes that, for all their troubles at the wrong end of the table, Sunderland showed their true colours when they gave a particularly good account of themselves in their 3-2 defeat at the Lane in early December.

"It will be no walkover, they are a tough side and I think they were unlucky against West Ham the other day and could have come away from that with more. We know what they are like from the Lane earlier in the season where they put up a good fight, but we managed to get the goals that we needed.

"It is important we go there and get the win.

"The win on Sunday against Charlton was great for us, we played really well and scored some good goals. We must keep it going now at Sunderland."