DAVID Meyler insists Sunderland must put 2011’s home misery firmly behind them by continuing their resurgence at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats boast a 100 per cent record on their own turf in 2012 after Ji Dong-won’s last-gasp winner against league leaders Manchester City on New Year’s Day.
That solitary victory marked a quarter of the tally they managed in the whole of last year after Sunderland could only muster home wins against Stoke, Wigan and Blackburn (twice).
Former boss Steve Bruce was ushered towards the exit door after suffering a ninth home defeat of the calendar year against Wigan in November.
But new boss Martin O’Neill has taken seven points out of a possible nine at home and midfielder Meyler says they must continue that resurgence, with Saturday’s visit of Swansea the first of three successive outings on Wearside.
Meyler told SportMail: “We need to be winning here. We want teams to come here and fear playing us.
“At the start of 2011, we were fantastic at home and it kind of died off a bit.”
Read more about David Meyler’s thoughts, plus the build-up to Swansea City’s visit to the Stadium of Light, in today’s Sportmail.