Matt Smith says...
Aside from the Covid-curtailed 2019-20 season, our exile to the third tier has consistently produced significant cup runs. There’s no obvious cause and effect relationship between such runs and our failure to achieve promotion, indeed the winning mentality engendered by cup scalps potentially benefits our league campaign, but there are enough games in a League One season to test a squad’s resilience without the added benefit or danger, depending upon your viewpoint, of a Cup run.
That said, proving our ability to compete against a top Championship club will do wonders for morale within the club, especially after losing our 100% home record at the weekend.
With little media focus on neither League One nor the Pizza cup, a quarter-final berth in the EFL Cup offers an opportunity to steer national interest, if only briefly, away from events up the road and towards the silent, far less morally reprehensible, revolution taking place at Sunderland AFC.
Rich Speight says...
A fantastic result, and a great performance that showed heart and desire - but there’s no way in the world that their goal should have been ruled out. These things happen in football, and we took full advantage with some great pens.
It was a proper cup tie, and we certainly looked every inch as good as QPR across the 90 minutes. Watching this on a dodgy stream with my Dad and son was a nice little moment - one we will all remember, but the 2,700 who made it to the game were the stars of the show, every credit to them for roaring the lads on for the whole game.
I love a good cup run and we deserve a home tie against a top Premier League team now, but only at 5pm on Saturday will we know if it was really worth all the effort and the injuries.
Joseph Tulip says...
I wanted us to go strong and despite making a few changes at the back, this was still a very strong Sunderland team with all sixteen players used on the night contributing to a magnificent win.
A lot gets said about the league being our priority but success breeds success. We can take a lot from this cup run and use it to boost our league campaign. It is certainly a fine way to bounce back from the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Charlton.
There is an incredible togetherness in this squad and the scenes at the end, winning the penalty shoot-out and Lee Johnson celebrating with his players in front of the fans - were just great.
It was a joyful night which reminded me of the penalty shoot-out win over Everton in this competition back in 1998 - it puts the club on the footballing map again after our wilderness years. Bring on the quarter-finals!
Kelvin Beattie says...
What a cracking performance to follow up from last Saturday’s poor showing.
The whole match day squad deserve credit for this result. It was a testing night for the defence, and they were not found wanting. Burge probably played his best game in a Sunderland shirt, and Alves certainly showed us what a good young defender he is. It was an end-to-end game, and as entertaining a nil-nil as I have ever seen.
We have matched one of the better teams in the Championship and hopefully got ourselves into good fettle for Saturday’s trip to Rotherham. Dajaku did his chances of getting a start on Saturday every chance (injury pending) with a lively hour.
Having got us through the 90 minutes the lottery of penalties is understandably nerve-jarring for us Sunderland fans. Our three penalties were dispatched with skill and Burge topped his night with a great penalty save.
I for one feel we can treat this competition with utmost commitment, success breeds success. Roll on to the weekend, and hopefully three more points - gerrin!
Malc Dugdale says...
This was just the response the club needed, and nice and swiftly after the poor show at home to Charlton.
To a man, they fought hard and played well, more than a match for a team on the fringe of the Championship play-off places. The appearance of a few squad injuries does raise concern (especially Dajaku and Stewart) and we have to hope that they both make the team at the weekend. Hume it seems may be once again back in the physio room, meaning the makeshift and limited rear guard cover will likely have to soldier on until January.
Ignoring the injuries and the fixture congestion from progressing, we have returned to winning ways with good footy and a great team spirit, and that has to be celebrated by us fans and the squad - and the coaching staff should be applauded for masterminding such a recovery from recent losses.
Let’s hope for a good draw in the hat, and a good couple of league performances to come in the same spirit as this one.