Sunderland are desperate for home comforts. The Black Cats haven't won a league match at home since December last year. Simon Grayson's team have a chance to put an end to their rotten run on Wearside when they face Nottingham Forest on 12 September.
"It's been a gradual decline of results at home. So what we've got to do is try and do whatever's required, because before you know it, you win a game at home it can suddenly become a different place."
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Sky Bet Championship side Reading.
The 29-year-old Italian has signed an three-year contract with the Royals.
Mannone joined Sunderland from Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and spent four seasons on Wearside.
During that time, he made a total of 80 appearances, including playing in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in 2014.
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