Connor Wickham illustrates the importance of Sunderland's fans

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Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has suggested what the side did well to win over fans in their last game.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has told the Northern Echo that he feels the club’s fans will always respond when the side plays in a certain way.

Sunderland dug in and battled well for a point against Stoke City last weekend, showing the sort of fight which has been missing from several performances this season.

“I think we showed at Stoke City that the will and the spirit is still there in the squad. The supporters responded to that,” he said.

“It was just a reminder that if you give them something to cheer, they’ll always respond.”

Sunderland are still involved in a scrap near the foot of the table, as they battle to avoid the drop down into the Championship.

The Black Cats find themselves in the bottom three as things stand, one point behind Leicester City who play against Chelsea this evening.

Fans will take any defeat as long as they see all of their players going all out for a win in every game.

If Sunderland go down fighting then it will be slightly easier for the supporters to take, but there is still enough time left in the season for them to get into a good position to protect their Premier League status.

Next up for Sunderland is a very difficult game against Southampton, but they have the home advantage for that match and need every single supporter to be right behind the side.

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