GUS POYET has branded Sunderland’s travelling support as “amazing” with more than 2,500 fans selling out the away end at St Mary’s tomorrow.
The Black Cats have boasted crowds of more than 40,000 for every Premier League game at the Stadium of Light this season.
But on the road, Sunderland have sold out all four of their allocations so far this season, with thousands making the 600-mile round trip to the south coast this weekend.
Sunderland boss Poyet said: “That’s amazing.
“To go so far south and have more than 2,500 people in there is amazing for us.
“And we do feel it.
“We feel better when we are attacking the goal with our fans behind it.”
Poyet expects a tight tussle at St Mary’s, with only third placed Southampton conceding fewer goals than Sunderland so far in the Premier League.
“We cannot play for the 0-0,” said Poyet.
“But when two teams defend well, maybe the first goal is the most important one.
“Like any other team, they’ve got plenty of strengths. The new players adapted to the Premier League straightaway.
“And like any other team, they’ve got some weaknesses. We need to attack those weaknesses and take advantage.
“But no, I can’t see too many goals in the game.”
Despite losing five high-profile players - Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw - during the summer, plus manager Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton have thrived in the early stages of the campaign.
Poyet has been impressed by how opposite number Ronald Koeman has been able to get his new-look side to gel so quickly.
“He’s done terrific and I think the best part is not only to introduce the way he’s playing, but to really pick players that have performed straight away,” added Poyet.
“That’s one of the most difficult parts of football nowadays, especially the foreign players.”