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Fletcher: Away backing key

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by Ashley Houghton

Striker glad to hear of another sell-out following.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher says the travelling away support from Wearside will spur the Black Cats on as they aim to pick up a vital three points at QPR.

The red and white army will be out in force again at Loftus Road with the club having sold their entire allocation of tickets.

The 25-year-old Scotland international also believes a good week in training has given the Black Cats extra confidence going into the game with Harry Redknapp’s side.

We usually sell out the away end and that is massive for us. It makes a difference so hopefully we can send them home happy

- Steven Fletcher

He said: “They’ll have a lot of confidence going into the game after the win last weekend but we have trained hard all week so we also have that confidence going into the match.

“Loftus Road is a tight ground and the fans are close to the pitch.

“We always take an amazing travelling support. We usually sell out the away end and that is massive for us. It makes a difference so hopefully we can send them home happy.”

Fletcher has started Sunderland’s last two games alongside January signing Danny Graham and the former Wolves man feels the partnership is beginning to blossom.

However, it’s fellow forward Stephane Sessegnon who has provided the end product for Sunderland’s last two goals from open play and Fletcher believes the Benin international is excelling in his wide role.

“It’s been good to have Danny up front with me and have a partner - we have worked well in training too,” he explained.

“Sess [Sessegnon] has been out wide in recent weeks and he is class.

“He can play anywhere on the pitch and he has shown his quality over the past few weeks and got some goals for the team too.”

Fletcher also describes the last time the two sides met as an incentive for the Black Cats to go and get the three points at Loftus Road.

“We both had chances last time out and any team could have nicked it but we should have got the win at home,” he explained.

“They’ve picked up a bit of momentum and it should be a good game tomorrow.”