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Big Sam Needs YOU!

The message is clear - we are in this together.

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Sam Allardyce has issued a message to Sunderland supporters ahead of Wednesday night's game with Everton, where a victory would see us secure Premier League safety and, in the process, send down both Newcastle United and Norwich City.

On Saturday the Stadium of Light was sold out, and the support and noise from our fans was on another level, something which Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink believes clinched the victory for Sunderland.

Allardyce wants another sell-out crowd on Wednesday in order to give his side and the players their best opportunity of achieving the result that they need.

His message reads:

Saturday’s win over Chelsea was a result which made us all – staff, players, fans – proud.

In that game we were backed by a sell-out crowd of over 47,000 – the biggest attendance in the country on the day. You played a key role in a fabulous result and deserve massive credit.

The atmosphere was remarkable and a key factor for us, especially when tasked with recovering from 2-1 down.

The roar when Jermain Defoe scored the winner was something special – the sheer level of noise blew me away.

But throughout the game the fans were absolutely magnificent and made it tough for Chelsea.

To achieve a vital victory and move out of the relegation zone was a massive boost for us, but we remain focused ahead of the final week of the season.

We have concentrated on keeping our destiny in our own hands; now we are heading into the last push and we know what we have to do.

Another sell-out crowd on Wednesday evening would be another big boost for the players in a key game with much at stake.

We need to get the stadium rocking and, together, concentrate on one final push to achieve our ultimate goal.

Ahead of our final home game of the season, I want to say a big thank you to you, our fantastic supporters, for your magnificent backing this season.

Home and away, you have stuck with us through thick and thin and it is truly appreciated by myself and the players.

We hope to see you on Wednesday and we will be doing everything possible to achieve the positive results we need over the final two games.

This is quite simply a must-not-miss game if you are a Sunderland supporter and we need to fill every single seat. Every fan needs to get behind the team from start to finish in order to create an atmosphere that the Everton players just will not want to have anything to do with.

The game is expected to sell out, and tickets are currently limited - all details on how to get yours are here.