Steven Fletcher scored the second as Sunderland beat Reading in 2012

If Sunderland need any motivation ahead of the visit of Reading, they need only look to their predecessors in the red and white shirt.

With the Black Cats’ winless run at the Stadium of Light now stretching to twenty games, the visit of the Royals to Wearside gives Chris Coleman’s side the chance to claim their first three points on home soil in almost twelve months.

Under Coleman there seems to be a renewed sense of optimism among the club’s players and fans, with both desperate to pick up a long-awaited home win.

And Sunderland’s players will be able to draw on inspiration from previous Black Cats, who have picked up some memorable victories over Reading in years gone by.

We take a look at four of the best:

Sunderland 3-0 Reading
December 11, 2012

With both sides in the Premier League relegation zone nearing the hectic festive period, the clash at the Stadium of Light offered an opportunity for one of the pair to pull away from danger.

And it was Sunderland who took advantage with a commanding performance against the Royals’ which saw them claim a comfortable victory.

Martin O’Neill was celebrating a year in charge of the Black Cats and saw his side take the lead after only two minutes through James McClean’s powerful shot on the turn.

Steven Fletcher then doubled the lead before the half-hour as he saw a cheeky back-heel creep in past Adam Federici.

And the scoring was rounded off in second half injury time as Stephane Sessegnon netted to send the Wearsiders up to 15th.

Reading 0-2 Sunderland
20th March, 2004

In a closely-fought game at the Madjeski Stadium, two goals in two second half minutes sealed the win for Sunderland.

The duo were chasing the play-offs in the old Division One and knew that a victory would take them a step closer to the top six – with the visitors taking full advantage.

After a goalless first half, the Black Cats opened the scoring on 74 minutes when Darren Byfield met George McCartney’s cross and sent a thumping header past Jamie Ashdown.

And just a minute later substitute Tommy Smith, who had only been on the pitch for five minutes, added a second when he prodded the ball home from inside the area.

Jeff Whitley saw red for Sunderland in the final ten minutes but Mick McCarthy’s side held on to claim three points which saw them leapfrog their hosts into the top six.

Sunderland 4-1 Reading
17th February, 1998

A promotion-chasing Sunderland side took a step towards a play-off place thanks to a dominant performance against the Royals.

Niall Quinn opened the scoring on 21 minutes before Alex Rae added a second only one minute later as the Black Cats bossed the opening exchanges.

Prolific striker Kevin Phillips there extended the lead even further shortly after the break, with Jason Bowen then reducing the deficit and giving Reading a glimmer of hope.

But that hope was quickly extinguished when Phillips netted his second and Sunderland’s fourth to seal a fantastic victory on home soil.

Reading 1-3 Sunderland
7th February, 1973

After the two sides had played out a 0-0 draw only three days previously, they met again in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Elm Park.

There was an added dose of intrigue as Sunderland legend Charlie Hurley managed the Royals’ side and pitted himself against Bob Stokoe’s Black Cats.

Sunderland wasted no time in opening the scoring and found themselves three ahead before the half hour mark.

Dave Watson netted just two minutes in, before Dennis Tueart made it two on 14 minutes as the Wearsiders poured forward.

Bobby Kerr added a third on 29 minutes to effectively seal victory for the visitors, with Gordon Cumming’s penalty late on nothing but a consolation for the Royals.

The win helped to kick-start a fine FA Cup run for Sunderland, who went on to lift the famous trophy at Wembley in May thanks to a 1-0 win over Leeds United.