Looking forward: Jones relishing SoL return

Billy Jones is relishing a return to the Stadium of Light with Sunderland set to face Leicester City on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The Black Cats welcome the reigning champions with just five points separating the sides in the Premier League table.

Claudio Ran­­ieri’s men rescued a point last time out at home to Middlesbrough as Islam Slimani struck in added time, but their wait for a league win goes on with the Foxes’ last top-flight success coming over one month ago.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have picked up two wins from their last three games, and despite falling to defeat at Anfield last weekend spirits remain high within the camp.

“I think we showed that team ethic that’s got us some good results in the last few games,” said Jones.

“We will carry on working hard, keep backing each other up and the quality we pose going forward will win many more games, so hopefully that starts this weekend against Leicester.”

He continued: “We had a poor start to the season but we got the first win and then followed it up with our first home win.

“We want to make the stadium of Light a fortress so now we’ve got that first home win we want to build on it.

“During the game against Hull the fans were amazing, as they always are, so we know we’ll have that backing this weekend and we just want to give them results.

“We want to make the Stadium of Light a hard place for teams to come, and for them to know that when they come to Sunderland it’s going to be a tough game that they aren’t going to get much from.”

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