The Uruguayan believes the Black Cats owe their supporters a reaction after last Saturday’s 8-0 capitulation against Southampton when the struggling Gunners visit
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is backing his side to quickly win back the respect of their supporters when Arsenal visit on Saturday.
Poyet admits it took him several days to recover from last Saturday’s humiliating 8-0 loss at Southampton, but he feels there will be no hangover from that debacle at the Stadium of Light.
“I want 45,000 people behind me and I know they are going to be there and they will support the team if they see what we are all expecting – which is a proper reaction,” the Uruguayan told reporters.
“As soon as you do a few things right, you put your effort in with a shot, a goal, a tackle or even a corner, it’s going to bring the stadium alive and make you feel a proper football player again.
“So I would prefer to play at home and against one of the biggest teams you can have.”
Sunderland are unbeaten at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League this season, drawing with Manchester United, Tottenham and Swansea City before beating Stoke City 3-1.
And former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder Poyet insists he would relish the challenge of extending that record and exorcising the demons of the Southampton capitulation.
“I would love to be playing,” he continued. “It’s the perfect game to show that whatever happened happened and now we are moving on.”