GUS POYET has urged Sunderland supporters to put their displeasure aside and create a hostile cauldron for Newcastle United this weekend.
The Black Cats’ 4-0 collapse at Swansea City last Saturday prompted a backlash from fans who have seen their side suffer six successive Premier League defeats and prop up the table with just a solitary point.
But Sunderland have the perfect opportunity to heal those wounds on Sunday as they look to a secure a second straight victory over the Magpies.
New head coach Poyet understands the concerns on the terraces over Sunderland’s plight, but he wants Newcastle to face a white-hot atmosphere at a raucous Stadium of Light.
Poyet told the Echo: “I know how difficult it is for them to keep going and watching the team and not seeing one win.
“That is hard to take.
“But this is a derby. Forget about everything that has happened before and what will happen after.
“Let’s make sure that, on the day, we are all together and we support each other.
“At the start of the game, the fans will be with us and I hope we can give them something on the pitch to keep them going.
“But whatever happens during the game, wait until the end; be with the team.
“I know they will, but it’s the only thing we can ask at the moment because I’m sure for the players, it will be better that they feel that support until the end.
“At the moment, the games are unfortunately going against us.
“But we need to make sure we do the opposite and have the momentum to score two or three goals.
“We need to attack more, defend better. There are so many things that we need to do better.”