O’Neill wants to repay Sunderland’s travelling fans

GREAT SUPPORT ... Sunderland fans.
GREAT SUPPORT ... Sunderland fans.

MARTIN O’Neill wants to make Sunderland’s fanatical supporters’ trip to the Hawthorns worthwhile tomorrow after some lean years for the Black Cats.

Despite a dismal record against Albion in recent years, Sunderland fans have sold out their entire allocation for the ground and O’Neill observed: “The tremendous following we have is something we have got used to, but will never take for granted.

“We get used to selling out at so many grounds and that just underlines what sort of club and fanbase we have.

“But as a manager, what I want is to give them a side they can enjoy watching.”

O’Neill hopes that the week-long trip to Dubai for warm-weather training and morale-boosting work will have a lasting impact on the remainder of the season and the benefits will start to be seen from this weekend.

“I’m hoping the players are much more refreshed, and with 12 games to go I feel it was very beneficial.”