Experienced Sunderland defender John O’Shea has told the Northern Echo what he feels is the best approach for club and fans over the next few weeks.
Sunderland fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of QPR earlier this week and O’Shea says the club and fans both have responsibilities as the Black Cats look to climb the table.
“There's only one manager, so we have to listen to him and be guided by him,” said O’Shea.
“Everyone's together, including the fans. Every club knows how important it is to have the backing of the fans to create an atmosphere.”
His comments about Gus Poyet suggest there’s a determination from the players to listen to the boss and work on ways to try and find ways to be effective in the systems he wants to use at the club.
The fan comments are obvious but equally important. One of the most obvious ways that Sunderland’s players can be lifted is for their supporters to get behind them.
The Black Cats have a break from the pressure of the Premier League this weekend with the return of the FA Cup, which should see Sunderland able to play more free flowing attacking football.
Conditions will be difficult due to the pitch, but it’s a chance for the side to get some confidence and momentum back.
Sunderland’s next league game is against West Brom next Saturday and it’s important the side heads into that game in a more positive frame of mind.