Oviedo urges Sunderland fans to stick together

Stewart Downing (L) of Middlesbrough challenges Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on...

Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo has urged Black Cats fans to stick together ahead of their fight for survival.

Stewart Downing (L) of Middlesbrough challenges Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on...

As reported by Sunderland Echo, Black Cats defender Bryan Oviedo has issued a rallying cry to fans as the club continue to push for survival in the Championship.

Oviedo has been a featured member of the first team line-up for the majority of the season, during which the former Premier League side have slumped to one of their worst campaigns in recent memory.

It is not unheard of to see a team drop down from the top flight to League One in the span of two seasons but, at the same time, it is something that everyone associated with Sunderland will be desperate to avoid.

Sunderland fans look dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on September 13, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

One player in particular who is desperate to help keep the club in the second tier is the aforementioned Bryan Oviedo, and he had the following to say about their current situation:

“The fans have a reason to be unhappy. We are in a position where nobody would like to be. It is difficult. “I know it is difficult, but we need to stay together.

“Sunderland is not just about the players, or the fans, it’s everyone, it’s all around. All of that has made great times before. At the moment, it is not like before, but this is not when we should be pointing the finger, it’s more the time for being together, fighting together – right now.”

It is all well and good trying to rally the fans but, at this stage, they have been beaten down so many times that they are likely just going to accept the inevitable. Ellis Short’s running of the club has played a huge role in their collapse, and until that is rectified the best they can hope for is a speedy year in recovery down in League One.

Brian Oviedo of Sunderland tackles with Florian Jozefzoon of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park on October 21, 2017 in...

Thankfully for Sunderland fans, the third tier has been a proved to be a cure for a lot of big clubs, with Wolves, Southampton, Leicester and Norwich being four of the big examples that you can successfully turn your fortunes around within a short space of time.

Right now that is not the viewpoint that they will be taking, although it is good to see a high profile name like Oviedo attempting to do anything in his power to make things seem a little bit less bleak.

Their next challenge comes in the form of a trip to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City, which is followed up by two winnable clashes against Brentford and Bolton Wanderers.

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