Tim Krul and Shola Ameobi

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Tim Krul has paid tribute to the weekend's derby hero Shola Ameobi and the striker's "amazing" record in Tyne-Wear fixtures.

Geordie frontman Ameobi's injury-time strike against Sunderland was his seventh goal against the Black Cats, with only the legendary Jackie Milburn having scored more.

And it was one of the most important as it earned Newcastle a point against their fierce rivals, just as the Wearsiders were preparing to celebrate a rare victory at Gallowgate.

"He always scores against them," goalkeeper Krul told nufc.co.uk. "It's amazing.

"What can you say? He's a fantastic player and his physical presence is just incredible.

"Shola made a real difference on Sunday.

"He bullied them when he came on, and of course he scored again in the end so I'm delighted for him."

Ameobi's first derby goals came in October 2005, as he hit a brace in a 3-2 win at St. James' Park.

He followed that up with a goal at the Stadium of Light three years later, although United lost 2-1, before scoring his 50th career goal from the spot in a 1-1 draw later in the 2008/09 season.

Last season, he scored twice in the 5-1 win on Tyneside before his strike on Sunday - which was also his 50th league goal for the club.