Derby not all that matters – Fabricio Coloccini

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FABRICIO Coloccini has revealed he would swap defeat in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby for a string of victories elsewhere, writes MILES STARFORTH.

The Newcastle United defender was part of the side that hammered Sunderland 5-1 back in October – a result which sent Tyneside into raptures while enveloping Wearside in an air of gloom.

But since then, that black cloud has lifted over Sunderland with Steve Bruce’s side bouncing back superbly from the humiliation to put together a run of great results – including a 3-0 win at Chelsea – to propel themselves into European contention.

Coloccini (pictured) – while admitting he hopes United can “write history” again after their record win at St James’s Park – insists the long-term future is more important than a one-off result.

“I enjoy playing in derbies,” said the Argentinian centre-half. “It’s one of the most important games in the season. We seem to play well in the big games this season.

“I enjoy the competitiveness and in the week leading up to the game the people talk to you about how important it is.

“But I’d prefer it if it would help you to lose that and win seven or eight games. I prefer what’s best for Newcastle United.”

Coloccini, meanwhile, is expecting a far tougher test than the one United faced back in October, when Sunderland’s attack was led almost exclusively by Darren Bent.

The Black Cats have more firepower at their disposal now, with Asamoah Gyan having found his feet on Wearside and in-form Danny Welbeck possibly set to be fit from a hamstring injury.

“Every derby has a differnt history,” said the Argentinian. “Now we have to write another piece of history for Newcastle United.

“It will be very difficult, but every game is difficult.

“We have good players and a good team. I think it’s going to be a good game.”

H Huddersfield boss Lee Clark has hailed the desire shown by Newcastle loanee Tamas Kadar after the defender made his debut for the Terriers in last night’s 3-2 win over Plymouth.