AFTER knocking Southampton out of both cup competitions, the Saints will be seriously sick of Sunderland, writes Keith Appleton.
Perhaps this explains Pochettino’s apathy towards the competition after surprisingly resting several key players and refusing to talk to the press.
In contrast, despite making eight changes, the Black Cats went about their job with gusto, with Cattermole and Vergini catching the eye and Ustari making several important interventions.
Giaccherini was also busy in front of a disappointingly small crowd, which I assume was affected by the weather and a recent glut of home games.
Certainly, those who stayed at home missed a thumping strike by Gardner that was good enough to win any game.
Victory would have been confirmed earlier if Wickham had passed to Borini rather than immaturely going for glory and squandering a gilt-edged opportunity.
Thankfully, Lambert produced a strong contender for howler of the season by missing an open goal from two yards; otherwise a dreaded replay would have been required which Poyet wanted to avoid.
So an intriguing quarter-final is now on the cards against either Poyet’s old employers (Brighton) or sacked Sunderland boss, Steve Bruce, who has already beaten us twice.
Revenge is in the air!