Tony Mowbray has welcomed supporters back to the Stadium of Light for the first time in four weeks, in his latest Red & White programme notes - sponsored by Rorack Shipping Ltd.
Good afternoon and welcome back to the Stadium of Light for this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Millwall.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Gary Rowett and his team, and to the Millwall supporters that have travelled to the North East this afternoon.
We return to league action today for the first time since November 11, as we look to build on a deserved win at Birmingham City.
I felt it was important that we entered into the World Cup break with a winning momentum, and the players showed real desire – and quality when it was needed – to earn the victory.
As ever our away support was fantastic and our supporters really helped drive us on, especially at the end to the game when we came under pressure.
We then travelled to Dubai during the break and it was a productive week for the players, who applied themselves well by training hard twice a day in intense heat.
The trip ended with a friendly and there was a high tempo about the game from the start – the competitive nature helped and although it may have overstepped the mark at times, we got plenty out of it.
We also had an opportunity to meet some of our overseas fans, who attended an open training session and the game, so I hope they enjoyed the experience and we thank them for their continued support.
Today we get back to business and as this is the only Championship match to be played this weekend, there is positive opportunity for us to climb the table and I have no doubt that your support will play a big part.
Enjoy the game,
Red & White Issue 10: Sunderland AFC vs Millwall is available to purchase by clicking here, or on matchday from programme sellers located around the Stadium of Light.