Liam Bridcutt finally gets his move to Sunderland, after a reported fee of £3 million was agreed with Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The 24-year-old travelled to Wearside to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms today, signing a three and a half year deal.
We're out of the bottom three! This calls for some player ratings...
This fixture generally follows some kind of rule or pattern and this match could be no different. Judging on recent goings on and general history, here are three things we should look out for in today’s huge match against Stoke.
Back it is to the Premier League and that means back to our rather pointless but intriguing (for us at least!) predictions. As usual, three points for the correct score and one for the correct result! Feel free to join in...(comments bit at the bottom...nudge nudge).
Ah, that sweet feeling of success. Why, I barely knew you existed. Yet, here you are, filling me unprecedented confidence for the foreseeable future. Here, as we claw our way through the mist of Wembley delirium, we have yet another perfect opportunity to climb the league table and out of the relegation zone. Perhaps this is more perfect than those opportunities we failed to grasp.
Perhaps there is one big signing on the horizon for Sunderland. If reports are to be believed, Gus Poyet's unsurprising penchant for fellow South Americans (mainly Argentinians) looks set to land a little bombshell in Ignacio Scocco. There's a lot we can learn about 'Nacho' through his time in Greece with AEK, so we found just the man to tell us all about him.
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?