Leeds United: Elland Road is a great place to play, says Sunderland boss Coleman

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.
Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.
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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman believes Elland Road is a "great place to play football" as he prepares his side to take on Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Cats sit eight points adrift in the Championship relegation places with six games to go and a spot in League One looks more and more guaranteed with each passing week.

Coleman, who took over from ex-Leeds boss Simon Grayson last November, wants his side to give their all and put on a performance for the Sunderland fans at Elland Road, a place which he believes is a special stadium in which to play the game.

"We’re going to play at Elland Road, great place to play football," Coleman told his pre-match press conference.

"Leeds United are a great football club and we’ll be taking loads of supporters there because this club means a lot to so many people no matter where we are.

"We’re representing this football club and that’s the motivation everybody needs, you’ve got to go out and do your job.

"Now, across the season, we haven’t done that enough and we haven’t done it well enough, that’s why we are where we are, full stop. But, I think we’ve set a little target and can we replicate the last two performances?

"The fans who were there clapped the lads off because they saw that they were giving what they’ve got and that’s what we’ve got to do, give what we’ve got from the first whistle to the last and we’ll see where we are at the end of it."

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