Sunderland defender Adam Matthews gives his opinion on club's supporters

Adam Matthews of Sunderland (L) has a shot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Fulham at Stadium of Light on December 16, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland full-back Adam Matthews has been impressed by the Stadium of Light crowd this season.

Sunderland's Adam Matthews tackles Preston's  Sean Maguire during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Preston North End at Stadium of Light on March 17, 2018 in...

Adam Matthews has told the Sunderland Echo that he thinks Sunderland fans are ‘brilliant’.

Matthews was selected to start for Sunderland in midweek, and he helped the side to a 3-1 win over Carlisle United.

The match in the Football League Trophy only had a small crowd in attendance.

But Matthews insists that he was impressed by the atmosphere, and he is determined to give Sunderland fans the success they deserve this season.

 

“Last season the fans were brilliant. It was tough for us on the pitch, but really tough for them off it,” Matthews said.

“You can see with the attendances we’ve had this season that they’re behind the team. They’ve always been brilliant and want their team to do well, which we haven’t done until this season. I think it is time we repay them now, and hopefully we can get promotion.”

Adam Matthews of Sunderland during a Pre-Season friendly match between Grimsby Town and Sunderland AFC at Blundell Park on July 17, 2018 in Grimsby, England.

Matthews has been at Sunderland since 2015, and he has not had much to cheer during his time at the Stadium of Light.

Matthews played his part in Sunderland’s back-to-back relegation seasons, and he has only played a rotational role so far this season.

Sunderland are back in action at the weekend, when they take on Shrewsbury Town at New Meadow.

General view of the Stadium of Light during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic held on February 1, 2003 at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland,...

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