Sunderland keeper Mannone to reimburse fans for Southampton disaster

The Italian let in eight goals - including two from his own side - as Gus Poyet's men were comprehensively taken apart on Saturday and he wants to repay those who travelled
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone wants to reimburse fans who travelled to Southampton to watch their side be thrashed 8-0 on Saturday.

Gus Poyet's side offered some disastrous defending while the hosts ran riot - contributing two embarrassing own goals - and now sit just one point above the relegation zone having recorded only one win all season.

Mannone now intends to co-ordinate a refund among his team-mates for those Sunderland supporters who travelled the length of the country to come to the game, believed to be around 2,500.

"I will personally talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for their tickets and their trip," the Italian told reporters.

"It is difficult for us but it's very difficult for them as well. It is a difficult moment. We will go through it during the week. We will have time.

"The Premier League is really difficult. We have a tough game again at home so there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We need to react.

"I really mean that we should pay their tickets and travel. I will do everything possible. We should do it because we didn't put our foot [down], we didn't work hard.

"They are special fans," Mannone continued. "We are really lucky to be at this club and have these fans.

"If it was me, I would probably not react in the same way. I can only be proud to wear this shirt. I need to do my best and each of us in the team should do our best to make them feel proud of this club and not have 8-0 defeats."