GUS Poyet wants to give Sunderland fans another cup tie to savour at the Stadium of Light when Manchester United visit for the first leg semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
And he hopes supporters turn up in their numbers to raise the decibel levels for a game in which the Black Cats will need all the help they can get.
United arrive on Wearside lagging in the Premier League title race, freshly out of the FA Cup and having lost their last two games.
Sunderland by contrast have lost only one of their last six matches and are undefeated in cup competition this season.
But Poyet knows that United will be firm favourites to progress to the Wembley final in March, despite those statistics and is looking for the fans to play their part.
He said: “For sure this is a game in which the fans can make a difference because you get fantastic atmospheres in cup games – when they are night matches especially – and I know our fans will be making a lot of noise.
“That will be great for our players, who are already feeling good after the win over Carlisle.
“I know that we are underdogs for Man United but we were underdogs against Chelsea in the last round and look what happened there .”
Ultimately though, Poyet says it will come down to the players themselves to determine what progress can be made.
“What I will say, is that we will have to play well,” he insisted. “We have to play well. Sometimes in the cups, in the early rounds, you can play badly and get through.
“But that’s not the case in the later rounds when you are playing top sides looking at a final. There’s no such thing as an easy semi-final.
“The idea is that you go out there and perform well over two legs to get to the final.
“To have hopes of that, we have to do everything as well as we can.”
Kick off, for Sunderland’s first League Cup semi-final since 1999, is 7.45pm..
Tickets are priced at £20 for adults and just £5 for under 16s and over 65s.
Supporters can purchase tickets in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office, which is open until kick-off.
Cash turnstiles will be operating for home supporters with numbers 35, 36, 50, 51, 61 and 62 open from 6.15pm with admission prices remaining at £20 and £5 for concessions.