Jon McLaughlin has this key message for Sunderland fans ahead of Burton trip

Jon McLaughlin has urged Sunderland fans to make the Pirelli Stadium a sea of red and white as the Black Cats look to return to winning ways.

Saturday, 15th September 2018, 6:00 am
Jon McLaughlin has a big message for Sunderland fans

After back-to-back draws, Jack Ross’ side are keen to taste victory in Staffordshire this afternoon.

And Sunderland will be backed by another sell-out away end at Burton this afternoon as over 1,700 supporters get ready to make the journey from Wearside - with summer signing McLaughlin urging them to create a partisan atmosphere at a ground he is well-accustomed too.

The Scottish international spent three years at Burton Albion and knows that the compact surroundings of the Pirelli Stadium can prove difficult for away teams.

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And although the Brewers didn’t enjoy the best of times on home soil last season, McLaughlin believes they will be a tough test.

“In my time at Burton we were a force at home,” he admitted.

“We made that a place that was very difficult to come.

“In the Championship it was a little different but again in the first season teams didn’t like going there and it wasn’t easy for them. “

The trip to Burton will prove a big test of the Black Cats’ promotion credentials - with Nigel Clough’s men harboring similar ambitions of returning to the Championship at the first attempt.

McLaughlin, though, feels that Sunderland’s support could prove an added advantage - and has called on fans to continue making that they have been all season.

“It’s massive, all the time if you can take a big following away it’s fantastic,” added the stopper.

“At a ground like that which doesn’t hold that many, the more fans you can have as an away team, it can create a really partisan atmosphere and that’s great.

“You could see the following we had at Gillingham and at Wimbledon, a much smaller ground, the fans were far more vocal than theirs and pulled us through. That’s been a key factor.

“It will be great again to see a big following go down there and really make it a good atmosphere for us to go and get a good win.”