Echo Jury: Kieran Kirby was delighted to force a draw at Goodison on Saturday

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A PROPER cup-tie played in a great atmosphere. The backing given to Sunderland was phenomenal – loud, proud and passionate.

We stared the game very well and passed the ball well and swarmed all over Everton when we didn’t have the ball. Drenthe went over in the box after a tackle from Gardner. It looked a penalty to me and we got away with one.

We took the lead when we won a free-kick out on our right and Colback played it into Bardsley, who fired through a ruck of players and into the net. Cracking goal; pandemonium in the away end.

After that we looked comfortable and the equaliser came as shock and knocked the stuffing out of us a bit. Cahill was the goalscorer, obviously, when he headed in Jelavic’s header towards goal.

Tackles were flying in and Phil Neville was feeling the wrath of the Sunderland fans for going down easily and getting Bendtner booked.

The second half saw Everton press without creating much. That was until Mignolet’s great double save near the end which kept us in the cup. We’ll fancy our chances at the SoL and a trip to Wembley against Liverpool is the reward.

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.