Cisse-Jones doubts perplex Kenwyne

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Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones cannot understand the fuss over his partnership with Djibril Cisse.

The two men will head into Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby with Newcastle amid an ongoing debate over whether or not they can actually play well together, something about which former boss Roy Keane admitted he was unsure when he recruited the Frenchman on loan last summer.

Yet having seen his sidekick score nine times to date this season while he himself has contributed eight in just 17 appearances, Jones is not sure what the issue is and said: "The question in my mind is what does everybody want? We are both scoring goals - so I don't understand the big fuss about who plays well off each other, or what not."

He added: "We are doing well for the football club, which is most important, and getting the goals - so question answered.

"The most important thing is to have a relationship with the team - because at the end of the day, it is only the team that can win the game.

"One or two might score goals, but the team has to win the game. Once the team's relationship is well, you should be all right."

Jones will arrive at St James' Park determined not only to make up for last season's tame surrender there, when Michael Owen's double sealed a comfortable win for the Magpies, but also the fact that he could not play a full part in the revenge mission at the Stadium of Light in October.

The 24-year-old made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in his side's 2-1 win as he continued his recovery from the knee injury he suffered on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago in June, and his joy that day was more personal.

He said: "The lads who started the game enjoyed it a bit more than I did. I was jubilant for other reasons, being able to come back from injury.

"But I hope I can have some different celebrations this time."

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