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Sunderland boss Poyet: No excuses after derby boost

Gus Poyet wants his Sunderland players to use their Tyne-Tees derby success as a platform to belatedly kick-start their season.

Adam Johnson's clinical 90th-minute strike secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle, who have now lost four times on the trot to their bitter rivals.

Poyet said: "We always talk about confidence - there is no more confidence you can get than beating your biggest rivals in the last minute. If somebody thinks differently, they have never played football, never played a derby.

"Now next week, there are no excuses. Confidence should be high, so we are able to create chances against Hull. We need to put the ball in the net. That's the good thing, no excuses. These are the games I really like."


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Gutierrez returns for Newcastle after cancer battle

Jonas Gutierrez is set to feature in an under-21 fixture having returned to training following his battle with testicular cancer, Newcastle have announced.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed in 2013 and underwent surgery in his native Argentina before moving on loan to Norwich for the remainder of last season.

Gutierrez did not make his health issues public until September and since then he has been discharged from hospital and has begun training - with the club confirming he is set to play some part in a Under-21 Premier League Cup tie against West Ham on Monday afternoon.

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