I wouldn't want to be Sunderland player with their 'toxic' fans, says Bolton star

Simon Grayson was sacked after the Bolton game
Simon Grayson was sacked after the Bolton game
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Bolton Wanderers midfielder Karl Henry says he wouldn't want to play for Sunderland because of the home fans.

Henry scored Bolton's third goal on Tuesday night as the Championship's bottom side earned a 3-3 draw at the Stadium of Light.

The result led to the sacking of Black Cats boss Simon Grayson just minutes after the final whistle as Sunderland equalled an English record of 19 home games without a win.

And Henry, who has also played for Wolves, says the 'toxic atmosphere' created by fans at the Stadium of Light is partly to blame.

“Every time I go to Sunderland think the same thing – it’s a toxic atmosphere for the home team,” he told The Bolton News.

“I wouldn’t want to be a player here with those fans.

"Obviously they have got high expectations, and there are a lot of clubs who feel they should be in the Premier League, but unfortunately only 20 teams can. The league tables don’t lie.

“It’s an atmosphere that doesn’t help the home team and it’s something we say as the visitors to try and use against them. You can get fans on their back.”