Sunderland need to make the Stadium of Light an “ugly” venue for opposing teams – as the Black Cats go in search of their first league win.
David Moyes’ side are second bottom and without a win after five Premier League games.
So far, both Middlesbrough and Everton have left Wearside with maximum points, something Moyes is desperate to change starting with today’s visit of Crystal Palace.
This week could prove pivotal, with West Bromwich Albion heading to the North East next Saturday.
“Our home games have not been the best performances,” said Moyes.
“We need to give the supporters something to shout about, but I also need them to help the team while we are bedding some players in.
“We will do everything we can to give the supporters something to shout about as we need them right behind the team.
“And we want the Stadium of Light to be a bit ugly for the opposition to come to. We don’t want them to come and enjoy the surroundings, a nice big pitch and lovely dressing rooms and stadium.
“We want them to come here and say ‘we don’t want to go back there’. We need the crowd to help us do that.”
Asked whether the visit of Palace was already a game Sunderland could not afford to lose, Moyes said: “I have always found the best thing to say is every game is a must-win. Hopefully we will do that.”