SUNDERLAND move on from the Capital One Cup final to yet another high-profile cup game when they play Hull City on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The two Premier League games against Hull were full of incident and controversy but from Sunderland’s perspective, for all the wrong reasons.
Over the two games, Sunderland received three red cards, didn’t pick up a point and failed to score a goal, as they helped Hull to six Premier League points because of their lack of discipline.
Both clubs will know that not only will a win on Sunday put them into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but also that the last four will include either Charlton or Sheffield United, so a favourable draw can open up a clear run to the final itself.
What an incentive that is!
Sunderland’s fans will travel down the east coast in numbers, having sold out the away allocation some time ago and that will make for a lively atmosphere.
I think we will get an attacking game, as both managers will be hoping to win at the first attempt without the need of a replay.
Steve Bruce and his contingent of ex-Sunderland players, with two wins out of two, have had things their own way against their old club so far this season and will be fired up by the chance of making it a hat-trick by knocking them out of the FA Cup.
Sunderland, though, will be hoping it’s third time lucky and if they can keep their composure and discipline and finish the game with 11 men, then another semi-final and another trip to Wembley could be more than just a dream.