Jose Enrique

By Dan King

Jose Enrique emerged from the visitors' dressing room at the Stadium of Light and admitted Newcastle should have recorded a derby double over Sunderland.

But the Spanish left-back, who was once again magnificent for The Magpies, insisted that a return of four points from the two Tyne-Wear clashes meant the North-East football bragging rights belong to United for this season.

Newcastle were seconds away from beating The Black Cats through Kevin Nolan's second half goal before Asamoah Gyan equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.

But, speaking exclusively to nufc.co.uk, Enrique said: "With the point here and the win at St. James', we have done well.

"We came here and didn't lose like they did at St. James', so that was important. Their home fans will be happier because they saved a draw in the last second and we didn't deserve that, but we have still taken four points from them.

"I thought we played well today and I think we deserved to win, but we conceded a goal in the last second - not the last minute but the last second - and that meant we had no time to score again.

"But we have to be happy. This a difficult stadium to come to anyway and even more so because we won 5-1 last time, so it was good to get a point. Of course, it's better to get three points but a point is okay."

The draw kept United in ninth position in the Barclays Premier League table, but Enrique is still aiming to ensure top flight survival first and foremost.

He said: "I think we'd have been quite happy with a draw before the game, but we took the lead and based on how we played today I think we deserved three points. But what happened has happened and we have got another point, and an important one.

"Every point is important because the priority is to stay in this division. After that, we can look beyond that and try to finish in the highest position possible but staying in this division is the key and this is one more point towards that."