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.
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?
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.