Sunderland supremo Stewart Donald has expressed his delight at having a possible sell-out crowd at the Stadium of Light for the Boxing Day clash against Bradford City.

Donald, who took over from Ellis Short after the Black Cats’ relegation from the Championship, has managed to win back the faith of the supporters on Wearside.

The Englishman is well on course to helping Sunderland get back to the second-tier in England and he could lift the gloom cast upon the Black Cats in recent years, if they manage to keep up the good work.

Despite their 3-1 defeat to promotion rivals Portsmouth on Saturday, Donald had some good news to share with the fans when he announced that the club are expecting an almost sell-out crowd on Boxing Day.

Donald thanked the fans for their support and admitted that it is indeed a fantastic feeling to host everyone during the festive season clash against Bradford City.

“We have a chance of a sell-out. Absolutely cannot wait for Boxing Day – thank you for your fantastic support”, Donald wrote on Twitter.

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Sunderland confirmed that the ticket office is now closed after selling almost 45,000 seats for Boxing Day, but fans can still book the limited seats that are still available online.

The Black Cats, who have played two games fewer than leaders Portsmouth and second-placed Luton Town, are currently third in the League One table with 43 points.