David Meyler: We can make Stadium of Light a fortress

HOME TARGET ... Sunderland midfielder David Meyler.

HOME TARGET ... Sunderland midfielder David Meyler.

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DAVID MEYLER insists Sunderland must put 2011’s home misery firmly behind them by continuing their resurgence at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats boast a 100 per cent record on their own turf in 2012 after Ji Dong-won’s last-gasp winner against league leaders Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

That solitary victory marked a quarter of the tally they managed in the whole of last year after Sunderland could only muster home wins against Stoke, Wigan and Blackburn Rovers (twice).

Former boss Steve Bruce was ushered towards the exit door after suffering a ninth home defeat of the calendar year against Wigan in November.

But new boss Martin O’Neill has taken seven points out of a possible nine at home and midfielder Meyler says the Black Cats must continue that resurgence, with Saturday’s visit of Swansea the first of three successive outings on Wearside.

Meyler told the Echo: “We need to be winning here.

“We want teams to come here and fear playing us.

“At the start of 2011, we were fantastic at home and it kind of died off a bit.

“We’ve started it off again now and we need to turn the Stadium of Light into a fortress and make sure teams don’t want to come here.

“Sunderland fans are great, they want to win all the time and so do we. It’s always a great atmosphere at the Stadium of Light.

“There’s moments when a pass might not go and it’s more frustration than annoyance in the crowd.

“But the fans want us to do well and we want to do well for the club.”