Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has rated his goal in the 1-1 draw with rivals Sunderland as the most important he has scored in his time at the club.
The France international scored in the third minute of a highly-charged clash at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, with Magpies striker Demba Ba then putting through his own net four minutes from time.
Cabaye insists he recognises the importance of the Wear-Tyne derby to Newcastle supporters and he was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet in the fixture.
"For me, it was a great start, and for the team as well. I was really happy to score my first goal of the season and my first derby goal," he said.
"It's the best moment since I came to Newcastle, it was a great moment.
"When I saw the fans, they were going crazy so for me, it was a really good start.
"I know how important this match is for the club, for the fans, for the city, for everyone who supports Newcastle.
"I play for Newcastle so for me, the goal is important. It means everything for everyone, and for me."
Despite conceding an equaliser in the closing stages, Cabaye was happy with the draw, with Newcastle reduced to 10-men in the 25th minute after midfielder Cheick Tiote was dismissed for a crude foul on Steven Fletcher.
"Playing one hour with 10 men on the pitch in a derby is difficult," added Cabaye.
"The referee decided to send off Cheick, but afterwards, we stayed compact and we fought as a unit, as a team.
"Unfortunately for us, they scored with five minutes to go. We were a bit disappointed, but with 10 men on the pitch, it was a good result for us."
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