Rowell Report: Sunderland’s Borini was ab Fab!

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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MY Wembley man-of-the-match was Fabio Borini.

He’s hardly played a central striker’s role for Sunderland this season - more often than not, he has been supporting the main striker from wider areas - but that didn’t faze him at all.

Of course he got a great confidence-booster with the early goal, brilliantly taken from a tight angle.

He always made himself available to his team-mates with his unselfish running and sheer appetite for hard work.

The lone striker’s role is not an easy one but Borini adapted to it well.

With Jozy Altidore left out of the cup final squad completely, will be interesting now to see if Gus Poyet perseveres with him in that role for the rest of the season.

It was fascinating to see which players would perform under intense pressure in a final at Wembley.

The first player to catch my eye was Lee Cattermole, who had a great first half, giving his typical valiant performance, breaking up the opposition’s play and never allowing City time on the ball.

He maybe wasn’t quite as effective in the second half, but when he was subbed it was a tactical decision with Poyet gambling and sacrificing a defensive player for a more attacking one in Emanuele Giaccherini.

Wes Brown and John O’Shea also impressed.

You tend to name them together as they are very much a partnership and both are better with the other alongside.

My heart sank had sank earlier in the day when Sergio Aguero was named in the City starting line-up as he is an incredible player.

But he and Edin Dzeko did not cause them too many problems and the Sunderland defensive pairing won the head-to-head with the City strikers.