Gray echoes Stubbs' remarks

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Sunderland striker Andy Gray has echoed Alan Stubbs' remarks and called for the club's fans to get behind the under-fire Black Cats.

Stubbs hit out at supporters for turning on the team in Saturday's 4-1 thrashing by Portsmouth, while many other fans opted for a speedy exit from the ground and left before the final whistle.

Gray has revealed the players were stunned by the result against fellow strugglers Pompey and concedes the fans have every right be upset with their second half performance.

However, he insists the club would be best served by everyone pulling together.

"It was not good and we were all shocked in there [the dressing room] afterwards," explained Gray. "The second half was not acceptable.

"Certain individuals were being blamed, but we are all in it together and we just have to make sure we put it right. Singling out one player isn't right. The players are all human.

"The fans have been great this season and hopefully they will continue to back us as we try to get out of this. We all get frustrated, but booing is not the answer.

"It has a detrimental effect. We need the fans on our side, they are vital to us."