Former Sunderland man relishing Newcastle clash
STEPHANE Sessegnon is hoping to make up for his misses in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Villa against his former derby rivals Newcastle on Saturday (ko 5.30pm).
The Baggies’ record signing has been a revelation since arriving at The Hawthorns from Sunderland on transfer deadline day.
But he was disappointed he did not seal all three points on Monday for Steve Clarke’s men after wasting golden opportunities to put them 3-0 ahead against the Villains either side of half-time.
“I was disappointed because we started very well and then we had more chances to close the game,” said Sessegnon.
“We had the chance to win and we ended up drawing, which is bad.
“It was a difficult game for me because I had two chances to score – but this is football and I will just try to do better in the next game.
“Just after the game it’s difficult to forget but after that we don’t have the choice, we have to move on.
“This game was bad for me and I want to focus on good memories going into the next game.
“Those misses make me even more determined in the next game.
“Newcastle are a good team and are playing well but we have a chance to win this game because we are also playing well.”
The Albion forward was unbeaten in his two games for the Black Cats at St James’ Park, scoring the opener in a 3-0 win last term following a 1-1 draw - in which he got sent-off - the season before.
He expects a frosty reception from the Toon Army – but insists he is only interested in focusing on his football.
“I’ve got happy memories from my last visit to St James’ Park because I scored and we won a derby game,” he added.
“It’s a great stadium and a good atmosphere at St James’ Park.
“In my first game there I got sent-off but my second visit there made up for that.
“I’ve never lost there and I hope I can continue that run this weekend.
“I can handle the fans, I’ll just concentration on my football – it’s no problem for me.
“Newcastle have good players and I know plenty of them.
“But I won’t speak to any of them before – just after.”