Andros Townsend has told the Chronicle that he found Newcastle United supporters ‘incredible’ during the Tyne-Wear derby.
The Magpies fans have been starved of things to celebrate this season, but they did not turn on the team even when they slipped behind against their North East rivals.
Sunderland took the lead in the contest through Jermain Defoe in the first half, and at that stage it would have been easy for the St. James’ Park crowd to become frustrated.
However, Newcastle’s fans kept urging their team onwards and their loyalty was rewarded in the last minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded in an equalising goal.
The draw ensured that Newcastle’s supporters went home relatively contented, and Townsend is hoping that they will continue to be vocal in the remaining fixtures.
“The crowd were incredible - even when we went 1-0 down and made a few mistakes,” Townsend said.
“They stayed behind us. And that’s what we are going to need now between now and the end of the season.
“We have four more home games and if they get behind us hopefully we can pick up some wins.”
Townsend was selected to start against Sunderland, but he wasn’t too productive during his time on the pitch.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man failed to create many chances for his teammates, and Newcastle’s goal actually came after he was withdrawn.
Townsend has now made five appearances for the Magpies, and he has managed to score once.