Definitely a match that most involved (and watched) will swiftly forget. As far as player performances go there was nothing huge to shout about except for two encouraging debuts and a goal for Charis Mavrias. We’re in the hat and, as we all know, that is all that matters in cup competitions! Here we go though...
I don’t know about you, but I am still suffering from an almighty emotional hangover after one of the greatest nights to be a Sunderland supporter there has been for a long, long, long, long time. However distracted we may be from our date with destiny at Wembley in little over a month’s time, there are still the pressing matters of Premier League survival and potentially a second cup run to look forward to. The FA Cup returns as Kidderminster Harriers stand in our way of a 5th round berth.
A day later, and the dramatic end of last night's match is just beginning to sink in. Whatever the ratings I give, I need to commend the full team on such a committed effort which thoroughly deserved a place in the final.
And you thought the Chelsea victory was dramatic! An extraordinary game, how close can it get? Winning in one of the worst penalty shoot-outs ever seen with so many ifs and buts throughout the tie. Yet no one could deny Sunderland deserved victory in a highly impressive display against Manchester United at Old Trafford, knocking out Premier League champions and best team in the past two decades to reach a Wembley final for the first time since 1992. And who cannot say there may be a repeat of 1973?
With Wembley sitting so faintly yet distinctly on the horizon, it's time for the tedious transfer tug of wars and talk of relegation to stop. Just stop. Quite frankly, since Ki Sung-Yeung's immortal winner against Chelsea a month back I've thought of little else than the possibility, however big or small, of wandering down Wembley way in a sea of red and white.
As part of a brand new feature we are going to do a bit of a predictions competition! Most of us are predicting that Sunderland will get something from the game with just one defeat predicted, two draws and four wins. Who do you agree with?
Roberto De Fanti has been axed as Sunderland’s Director of Football in remarkably quick fashion. Rumours were rife as this afternoon grew old and were promptly confirmed by the club’s recent statement that they have ‘parted company’ with the Italian. This move, whilst surely welcomed by most, certainly throws up an awful lot of questions.
South Korean forward Ji Dong-Won has signed for FC Augsburg for an undisclosed fee is has been confirmed by Sunderland officials today.
Argentine defender Santiago Vergini looks set to become Gus Poyet’s second signing of the transfer window, a player he had been scouting for a sometime including whilst managing Brighton. Few will have heard a great deal about the 25 year-old, so we dug up one or two facts as well as asking a man who most certainly does know all about him.
After the impressive introduction of a young Duncan Watmore in last week’s F.A. Cup with Budweiser at home to Carlisle, talk immediately began to filter through of how he should now be included in the first team on a regular basis. Of course, that was inevitable, after the former Altrincham forward put in a fantastic cameo performance, which nearly included his first senior goal and injected some much needed energy into a placid home crowd.