FABIO BORINI hopes he can make his mark at Wembley again – by helping Sunderland into the FA Cup semi-finals.
The on-loan Liverpool striker sent Sunderland supporters into ecstasy in yesterday’s Capital One Cup final after producing an immaculate finish to hand Gus Poyet’s men a first half lead.
Ultimately, Sunderland were undone by a pair of wonder strikes from Manchester City during the second half, as the Black Cats missed out on ending their 41-year trophy drought.
But Sunderland still have the chance to lift some silverware this season, with Poyet’s side travelling to Hull City next Sunday in the FA Cup quarter finals.
“I want to go back there, to be at Wembley,” said Borini.
“Scoring at Wembley is always special, especially for a foreign player.
“If we can win against Hull, we’ll be going back again, which will be good. But the main thing is to get points and start pushing up the league.
“We’ve seen what it’s all about and hopefully we can push on now in the league.”
Borini showed ice-cool composure to slot the ball beyond Costel Pantilimon to give Sunderland the lead in the 10th minute and could have had a second before the interval when he was clean through on goal, only for Vincent Kompany to produce a magnificent recovery tackle.
“That’s why we are strikers,” said the Italian.
“When we are in front of the goal, we don’t feel pressure, we feel calm. That’s probably why we feel a bit more pressure than when we’re defending.
“I could have scored the second one too.
“I was waiting for the keeper and defender to make a decision, but they worked well together and he made a good tackle to get to me before I got to the ball.”
Despite Sunderland succumbing to a third successive Wembley final defeat, Borini says the Black Cats could be proud of their efforts before being hit by two spectacular goals in two minutes during the second half.
The 23-year-old added: “There were plenty of positives on the pitch. The only negative is the result.
“The first one was an outstanding finish from Yaya (Toure) and the second one as well from (Samir) Nasri. There’s nothing you can do about that finishing.
“We were disappointed, but proud of what we did on the pitch.
“We made Man City win the game and they had to score two incredible goals which is why they are Man City.
“Nobody expected us to be in front against Man City for 40 minutes.
“It was a great team performance in the first half.
“Man City came out with the qualities, that’s normal.
“But the feeling to be in front and have a real chance to win it was unbelievable.
“That’s what we need to take with us for the rest of the season.”