Poyet urges Sunderland fans to fill ground for Cardiff crunch

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GUS Poyet has challenged Sunderland fans to fill the Stadium of Light this weekend and roar the Black Cats on to a win which could see them escape the relegation zone.

The bottom-of-the-table Black Cats face third-bottom Cardiff City this Sunday for a high-noon shoot out of huge significance to both sides.

And Poyet wants home advantage to count for everything as his side go for back-to-back victories for the first time since Stoke and Newcastle United were beaten in succession and lifted Sunderland away from the danger zone in February.

“I want our stadium to be sold out this Sunday,” said Poyet.

“These are the games now – it has to be make or break – and I want everyone to give everything, including the fans.

“We have to fight for Sunderland.

“I’m the same as a manager as I was a player, I never give up, not until the whistle, and I expect everyone else at Sunderland to be the same.

“If you do that, you have a chance, and we did that at Chelsea – my players were tired afterwards, very tired, but it was great to see the smiles on their faces.

“Now we have to carry it on into our next few games and I want the Stadium of Light to be an amazing place to be this weekend, full up to the top by our fans.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game against Cardiff (noon kick-off) are on sale now, priced £25 for adults, £19 for over-65s and £10 for under-16s.

Hospitality packages are available from £50 per person.

The Stadium of Light ticket office is open from 9am to 5.30pm from tomorrow until Friday, 10am until 1pm on Saturday and 10am until kick-off on Sunday.

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