Martin O’Neill registered his 9th win in 13 games as Sunderland boss as his side edged past Middlesbrough 2-1 in extra time at The Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night to book an FA Cup 5th Round date with London giants Arsenal.
A 42nd minute goal from youngster Jack Colback had given Sunderland the lead but Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his first ever goal for Boro near the hour mark to bring this tie level. Despite both teams creating plenty of chances the game made its way into extra time where Sunderland’s star player this season Stephane Sessegnon popped up to produce the winner 7 minutes from time.
Speaking after the game O’Neill said, “I thought we were the better all-round football team and I’m delighted that we won the game. It’s a fantastic effort by the players. I thought they did exceptionally well.”
Interestingly, Sunderland’s next assignment in the Premier League is also against the Gunners, who they entertain at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. The FA Cup tie will be held on either the 18th or 19th of February and Sunderland will have home field advantage.