Defender's message for fans

by Kate Smith

Cuellar hails red and white army.

Following Sunderland’s final pre-season game of the season Carlos Cuellar heaped praise on supporters.

Over 200 of the red and white army made the trip to Hong Kong to watch Sunderland in the Barclays Asia Tournament - a round trip of just under 12,000 miles.

Around about the same amount of fans made the last-minute midweek trip to see Sunderland take on FC Midtjylland in Denmark.

“The supporters are fantastic,” Cuellar beamed.

“Every week they follow the club around the country and they have done the same during pre-season.

“They came out on Wednesday, in the middle of a working week, to back the team - I’d like to say a big thank you for their support, it’s very much appreciated.

“I’m glad that we could get a win for them.”