#HawayTheLads - fans urged to roar Sunderland on to safety

HAWAY THE LADS: Sunderland supporters during their 2-0 win at Everton.

HAWAY THE LADS: Sunderland supporters during their 2-0 win at Everton.

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SUNDERLAND are set to be backed by a near-capacity crowd as they look to seal Premier League survival tomorrow.

The Black Cats take on Leicester City at the Stadium of Light knowing that should they win and Hull City fail to beat Tottenham Hotspur, they will secure a place in next season’s top flight.

I’m sure the players will be up for it and they’ll have a big crowd behind them who can be the 12th man.

George Forster, of Sunderland Supporters’ Association

Stadium chiefs say more than 45,000 tickets have already been sold for the game.

Dick Advocaat’s side has managed to get seven points from the last three games, with last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Everton hauling them out of the bottom three and above rivals Newcastle United on goal difference.

We launched our #HawayTheLads campaign to give the team as much backing as possible in their escape attempt.

Supporters today called on all fans to back the team as loudly as possible and get the team over the finishing line.

Martyn McFadden, editor of independent fanzine A Love Supreme, said: “I know there’s going to be a really good atmosphere and I hope the fans push the players on.

“Leicester have been doing really well in the past couple of months, but there’s a reason why they have been down at the bottom all season.

“I think we are capable of beating them, and getting safety should be the incentive we need to do it.”

The Wearsiders’ chances of beating the drop looked remote just a few weeks ago, but the team has now taken 10 points from Dutchman Advocaat’s six games in charge.

Following tomorrow’s match, Sunderland travel to Arsenal on Wednesday and then finish off their season at the home of the champions Chelsea.

Martyn added that after Sunderland’s third relegation battle in three years, something needs to change.

“We keep doing this and it’s bad for the fans’ health!

“Whatever happens at the end of the season, those in control of the club need to take a long hard look at themselves while the players are on the beach.”

Veteran follower George Forster, 88, who runs the Sunderland Supporters’ Association shop near the Stadium of Light, said: “We have to look forward to the game.

“I presented the Player of the Year trophies earlier this week, and Connor Wickham said to me that he feels very positive about the game.

“I’m sure the players will be up for it and they’ll have a big crowd behind them who can be the 12th man.”