Marco tells Sunderland’s stars: You can be heroes

Marco Gabbiadini slides home his goal at Newcastle in 1990
Marco Gabbiadini slides home his goal at Newcastle in 1990
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Marco Gabbiadini has urged Sunderland to make the most of their chance to become heroes in tomorrow’s Tyne-Wear derby.

In his exclusive Football Echo colum, Gabbiadini – who famously scored the second goal in Sunderland’s 2-0 play-off semi-final second leg win at St James’s Park in 1990 – writes: “As a player, I loved these fixtures – big crowds, big atmosphere and a chance to become a hero.

“As a fan, they make me feel ill!”

He added: “There is an opportunity here. The Mags have had a tough programme of fixtures and haven’t been playing as well as their results have suggested.

“I have to concede that Alan Pardew has a stronger squad to choose from, but, on derby day, that isn’t the defining point.

We will need big performances from everyone in a red and white shirt and I hope that someone will step up and join the derby day hero club alongside Rowell, Gabbiadini, Quinn, Phillips, Richardson and the rest.

It’s a great club to be a member of!”

Read Marco’s column in full in the Football Echo – out tomorrow morning – the best buy of the weekend.