Sunderland’s ideal boost for Everton crunch

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Sunderland today enjoyed the ideal warm-up for Tuesday’s big FA Cup quarter-final replay showdown with Everton.

A 3-1 home win over QPR, thanks to goals from Nicklas Bendtner, James McClean and the returning Stephane Sessegnon, gave Martin O’Neill’s men three Premier League points to move back into eighth place – with Everton just behind.

Read Graeme Anderson’s in-depth report from the Stadium of Light in this weekend’s Football Echo, plus all today’s other live action.

We’ve also got the biggest and best coverage of SAFC, speaking to Fraizer Campbell, Phil Bardsley, David Vaughan, Seb Larsson, Jack Colback and boss Martin O’Neill.

Tony Gillan’s unmissable View From The Bridge, Yesterdays (reflecting on a 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Good Friday, 1970), Brian Patterson’s away guide to Manchester City and an SAFC quiz add to the fun.

There are six pages of local football reports and pictures, plus eight pages of the Junior Football Echo – refledting on the latest action in the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Youth League.

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