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Martin O'Neill hopes experience will steer Sunderland away fromdrop zone

Black Cats have struggled this term

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Sunderland wait on news of Lee Cattermole scan

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QPR travel to Stadium of Light with new manager in charge

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole

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Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring
Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye celebrates the first goal

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Yohan Cabaye rates his first derby goal as his most important to date for Newcastle.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (l) shakes hands with Sunderland boss Martin O' Neill

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew urged his players to use their spirited derby display at Sunderland as a platform to belatedly kickstart their season.

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Trapattoni under pressure after Germany 'humiliation'

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