EMANUELE Giaccherini says Sunderland must channel the anger they felt after defeat at Swansea and use it to their advantage in the derby this weekend.
The former Juventus midfielder revealed there were strong words spoken in the wake of the Black Cats’ humiliating 4-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday.
But he says anger can be a good thing and that the players must use it in the right way to get a winning result over Newcastle United this Sunday.
“The Swansea result was a very bad one for us and nobody was happy in the dressing room afterwards,” he said.
“We were angry with ourselves and angry with each other because it was not a good performance - the second half especially.
“But I don’t think anger is a bad thing among the players after a bad defeat - it shows that they care and that they have passion.
“It shows they have not lost their heart.
“It is important now though that we use that anger the right way, that we control it and take it into our next game and that we use it to drive us on to get the win that we need.”
The £6.8m summer signing says he is looking forward to his first taste of derby action at the Stadium of Light.
And the 28-year-old insists it will be a game that all Sunderland players will be up for.
He said: “I know about the derby game - I know it is like Roma v Lazio, not Inter Milan v AC Milan.
“In the Milan derby, both sets of fans really want to win but if they lose they shrug and move on.
“In Rome, whichever side loses the derby, it is very bad, and I know that that is what it is like here.
“The fans should know that new players at Sunderland are quickly told how important the derby is.
“But I have played in derbies before and I understand what they are all about.
“I am looking forward to the game and every Sunderland player must do the same because we need to be completely focused on getting a win which would do a lot to change the mood and get the club going.”