Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has warned his players they may need to turn in their best performance of his reign if they are to end their 12-year wait for a win at Newcastle.

The Black Cats have not made the short trip back from Tyneside with three points since the day in November 2000 when Niall Quinn's header and Thomas Sorensen's late penalty save from Alan Shearer sparked mass celebrations on Wearside.

With the club suffering a humiliating 5-1 defeat on their last visit, O'Neill is eager for revenge and said: "From our own perspective, we have to play strongly in the game, otherwise the consequences are there. We will do our best, anyway. We need to do better than our best, really."

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