Sunderland defender Jan Kirchoff has urged his team-mates to make the Stadium of Light a fortress as they try to avoid relegation, starting with Wednesday’s clash against Chelsea.
The Black Cats, 1.53 to be relegated, head into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to fellow relegation candidates Swansea City.
That result left them bottom of the Premier League table once again, but a win could see them climb out of the bottom three.
David Moyes’ side have won three of their last five matches in the league and Kirchoff believes they need to improve their home form.
Although Chelsea sit top of the table, they look set to be without forward Eden Hazard who has reportedly failed to travel with the rest of the Blues squad.
After Wednesday’s game with Chelsea, Sunderland will face Watford and Liverpool in their next two home matches and Kirchoff is adamant they need to make their home form count.
He told the Sunderland Echo: “The big thing is to be confident. To build-up a winning mentality, especially here at home.
“It is necessary to have that feeling that every opposition team coming here to the Stadium of Light feels like Sunderland away won’t be a nice day.
Our job is to get out there, get the fans behind us and go forward and try to win your home games.
“That is the main thing, how we stayed in the league last year. When we have our home form as a base then we have the chance to win a lot of games.”