Sam Finley is hoping the Stanley faithful can give the players an extra boost when they take on Sunderland tomorrow.

The Reds host the Black Cats at the Wham Stadium in front of what is expected to be a new record attendance with the game having already sold out.

John Coleman’s side are looking to get back to winning ways against a Sunderland side who are second in League One, having only been beaten once this season.

“It will be a great game and the atmosphere will be brilliant,” said the 26-year-old midfielder.

“The Clayton End is always bouncing and our fans have been quality all season. Hopefully they’ll come out in force, get behind us and try and out-sing Sunderland.

“I think we’ll all thrive on that and raise our game that little extra bit that we need. It will be similar to the Barnsley game – a tough test in front of a big crowd at home.

“They’ve got quality going forward, wide players with plenty of experience and players with previous Premier League experience.”

Finley, who joined the Reds from AFC Fylde in the summer, admits that both Sunderland games were the first fixtures he looked for when they were released.

“I’m very much looking forward to it.┬áIt’s a fixture that I looked for at the start of the season because they are such a big club – it’s natural.

“It’s like as a Liverpool fan you’re going to look at when you’re playing Everton and Manchester United. You do the same as a player.

“We’ve watched videos on Sunderland with John and Jimmy, looked at where we can try and exploit them, and hopefully it works tomorrow.”