Echo Jury: Kieran Kirby reflects on yesterday’s FA Cup draw against Middlesbrough

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I WAS happy to get a draw after our poorest performance since O’Neill took over. We were second-best to most second balls and there seemed to be more desire to win them from Boro.

Boro’s goal was a great finish, but it was a very stoppable goal as it came from O’Shea losing possession (again).

Mignolet had no chance with Robson’s effort, though.

Fraizer Campbell came on at half-time for the very disappointing Connor Wickham and it gave us a bit of a lift, as we improved when he came on.

Our goal came from a Boro corner, then as Robson tried to play it back to his team-mate, McClean intercepted it. He bided his team and played in Campbell, who finished very confidently.

It was great to see him back and a couple of things we learnt from today are that Cattermole and Bendtner are very important players for us. Man of the match was Bardsley.

Bring on Norwich!

To read more of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.