Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson says the players do not deserve the fans support that they are currently receiving.
Leeds have won just twice in 2018 but despite this, the fans are still following the club in their thousands both home and away.
On Good Friday, over 35,000 fans packed into Elland Road for their clash with Bolton Wanderers.
On Tuesday, over 6,000 fans followed Leeds to London for their clash with Fulham, despite a 400 mile round trip for most fans and a game that was being shown live on Sky TV.
Leeds currently have the best average home attendance in the Championship with on average over 31,700 attending games at Elland Road this season and Jansson says the fans have been fantastic.
“We don’t deserve those fans,” Jansson told the Leeds pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Sunderland.
“They’re too good for us right now,
“The form that we are now in and how we play, they are much, much better than us.
“It’s up to us now to step back and start to win games again and deserve those fans because those fans are fantastic. You see Fulham away, four or five thousand people when we are in the middle of nowhere and fighting for nothing and they support us anyway, so that’s a huge respect from myself.”
The clash against Sunderland this weekend is heading towards a crowd of around 30,000.
The struggling Wearside club, who are in deep relegation trouble, are visiting Leeds for the first time since 2006.
When the two sides met at the Stadium of Light back in August, goals from Samu Saiz and Stuart Dallas earned Leeds a 2-0 win and they are looking to earn a first double over Sunderland since the 2000/2001 season.