After Sunderland beat Burnley in the Carabao Cup, Jack Ross spoke of his delight about being able to repay the fans after a tough few years, as reported by The Sunderland Echo.
Having seen their club relegated twice in a row, then losing in the play-off final, Sunderland fans have carried on supporting their club and kept the faith.
This was shown by the fact that they took over 1,000 fans away to Burnley and they were repaid with a 3-1 victory.
Speaking after the game, Ross said: “For the people who work at the club and the supporters, those that went down and those that couldn’t, it has been tough over the last few years and they’ve had a bit of stick.
“I’m sure others have enjoyed giving them stick, so it was nice for us as a club to go to a Premier League club and show we’re a good club and a good team.”
Sunderland went 1-0 down during the game after 11 minutes, when Jay Rodriguez scored for Burnley, as per Transfermarkt.
However, the Black Cats had equalised before half time thanks to Will Grigg, with Tom Flanagan and George Dobson’s goals sealing the win for the men in red and white.
That they were able to do this against a defensive unit which included former England international Joe Hart, as well as Ben Gibson and Phil Bardsley is some achievement for a club currently in League One.
Being drawn away against Premier League club Sheffield United is a reward for that and another challenge the side will likely go into feeling they can win given how they performed against top-flight opposition.
It has been tough for Sunderland, but there are now signs that things are beginning to turn around for the club, who can be on the up.
The trip to Bramall Lane should be another great one for the fans who are able to make it.
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