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?
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?
A complete team performance you could say, most were great, none were poor. Put it this way, if we play like we did for the rest of the season we will win most of our games no doubt. But, we’re Sunderland, that will never happen – let’s enjoy this while we can!
As the FA Cup sideshow reaches a pretty pleasant interlude - the main event (part 1) is finally here! Yes ladies and gents, today we have the opportunity to set a tentative foot into the final of the Capital One cup. It would be our first final since 1992. Surely we're all clamming for this!
Going into our home FA Cup tie against Carlisle United, you could forgive everyone associated with Sunderland if they all had an eye on Tuesday's Capital One cup semi-final. However, the way this season's FA Cup has begun, there's a real possibility we could find ourselves on two cup runs this season.
What start to 2014. Really loved spending copious coin on a taxi in the torrid weather conditions to watch it, I don’t know about you. So who's fault was it? Not Jozy's or Ji's...
It's just excruciating, isn't it? The stage couldn't have been set more perfectly for a Phoenix-like rise from the Premier League dungeon. Four league games unbeaten, facing an Aston Villa side in truly awful form, on New Year's Day, at home - it was destined to go wrong, wasn't it? We've done this whole Sunderland supporting thing too long to think any different.
The incredible comeback can't completely cover the cracks evident particularly in our back four, neither can its importance be undervalued. Not only does it continue our unbeaten run into a huge January - but it ensures we creep that bit closer to 17th. It's that grit and determination which could ensure our Premier League survival. Time to rate some players then…