Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Hoping to Build Momentum at the End of the Season

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Hoping to Build Momentum at the End of the Season

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SUNDERLAND'S relegation battle may be a lost cause but David Moyes is desperate to avoid a toxic atmosphere at the Stadium of Light in the final two home games.

The Black Cats' relegation will be confirmed on Saturday if fourthbottom Hull City better Sunderland's result, with the Tigers travelling to Southampton while Bournemouth visit Wearside.

The supporters vented their anger at boss David Moyes in the 2-2 draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light a fortnight ago, and the situation deteriorated during the 1-0 midweek defeat at Middlesbrough as the 3,000 travelling fans called for the manager's head, with owner Ellis Short also coming under fire, and then directed chants of 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' at the players following the final whistle.

Moyes wants to avoid a febrile atmosphere in the remaining home games against Bournemouth and then against Swansea in a fortnight's time, but such is the mood amongst the fans that further unrest this weekend seems certain regardless of what happens on the pitch. …

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