My goal at Newcastle was the best says Sunderland ace Adam Johnson

WHAT A GOAL: Adam Johnson scores against Newcastle United at St James Park. Picture by FRANK REID
WHAT A GOAL: Adam Johnson scores against Newcastle United at St James Park. Picture by FRANK REID

ADAM JOHNSON says he is claiming the bragging rights among Sunderland’s three derby scorers after striking the fatal wound at St James’s Park.

Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan wrote themselves into Sunderland folklore on Sunday after netting in the Black Cats’ biggest win over the Magpies since 1979.

But the quality of the three goals has prompted much debate in the Sunderland dressing room over whose was the finest.

A half-joking Johnson believes his fifth goal in red and white was the pick of the bunch after handing Paolo Di Canio’s side a crucial two-goal cushion with 16 minutes remaining.

“David’s was a great strike, but mine was probably more important!” said Johnson. “The game is never finished at 1-0, especially at a place like that where they can put a lot of pressure on.

“So it was nice to get that cushion with 15 minutes left and from then on, there was only going to be one winner.

“In the end, it was comfortable and we maybe could have had a couple more goals.

“It was fantastic and well deserved.”

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