Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 2 SAFC 1. BUT WE’RE AT WEMBLEY

Pete Sixsmith - or *supersub - does it in seven words
Pete Sixsmith – or *supersub – does it in seven words

This was a magnificent effort, full of passion and valour, the Wembley win secured in the end by two Vito Mannone saves in the penalty shootout. For 36 minutes, Sunderland had held out, carved out a chance of their own and looked reasonably comfortable. Then Jonny Evans was allowed to charge forward unchallenged to head in a miscued Welbeck shot. And still we held out, at various stages looking the better side without often showing real threat. United rarely troubled Mannone. With extra time almost done, Phil Bardsley hit a shot from outside the area and David de Gea fumbled it, the ball spinning off him into goal. Hernandez equalised almost immediately but the dramatic finale saw Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties … Wembley here we come. Pete Sixsmith was delirious as he started the cross-Pennines trek home ..:

Jake's actual words cannot be repeated in full. He's pleased, though
Jake’s actual words cannot be repeated in full. He’s pleased, though

Jan 22 2014 AET: Manchester United (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 SAFC WIN 2-1 ON PENALTIES: Oh Vito Mannone. Oh Vito Mannone. Hero.

Jan 11 2014 Fulham (0) 1 Sunderland (2) 4: *Johnson hatrick destroys Fulham in winter sunshine

Jan 7 2014 Capital One Cup Semi-final First Leg: Sunderland (1) 2 Manchester United (0) 1 Deserved it. Shows what we can do

Jan 5 2014 FA Cup 3rd Round: Sunderland (1) 3 Carlisle Utd (1) 1 Comfortable in the end. Two youngsters sparkled

January 1 2014 Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (1) 1 Dismal as our Premier place slips away

December 28 2013 Cardiff City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 2 Dragged a vital point out of that

December 26 2013 Everton (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Hung on after interval but massive result

December 21 2013 SAFC (0) 0 Norwich City (0) 0 As stodgy as last year’s Christmas pud

December 17 2013 Capital One Cup 5th Round: SAFC (0) 2 Chelsea (0) 1 AET Ki seals comeback; didn’t see that coming

December 14 2013 West Ham Utd (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0 Better side by miles – couldn’t finish it

December 8 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 Score flatters us as task gets harder

December 4 2013 SAFC (1) 3 Chelsea (2) 4 Pushed a strong side all the way

November 30 2013 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 *Villa almost undone by cream soda performance

November 23 2013 Stoke City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Ridiculous red gave us an impossible task

November 10 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester City (0) 0 A wonderfully disciplined performance. Real hope now

November 6 2013 Capital One Cup 4th Round: SAFC (0) 2 Southampton (0) 1 A tidy second half brings Wembley closer

November 2 2013 Hull City (1) SAFC (0) Damage limitation after appalling first half performance

October 27 2013 SAFC (1) 2 Newcastle United (0) 1 Bragging rights and a win. Good combination/ or Perfect Poyet puts another one over Pardew

October 19 2013 Swansea City 4 (0) SAFC 0 (0) No Poyet magic cure for abject failure*

October 5 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester United (0) 2 Better side first half, outclassed in second

September 30 2013 SAFC (0) 1 Liverpool (2) 3 Spirit in abundance, undone by shoddy defending

September 24 2013 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 2 Peterborough United (0) 0 A solid performance without any touchline histrionics

September 21 2013 West Bromwich Albion 3 (1) SAFC 0 (0) Coach looks completely out of his depth

September 14 2013 SAFC (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 3 Performance far better than the result suggests

August 31 2013 Crystal Palace (1) 3 SAFC (0) 1 Nowhere near good enough for this league

August 27 2013 Capital One Cup 2nd Round: SAFC (0) 4 MK Dons (1) 2Outplayed, outclassed, somehow got out of jail

August 24 2013 Southampton (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 The point was better than the performance

August 17 2013 SAFC (0) 0 Fulham (0) 1 Ultimately little difference from previous two seasons

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16 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 2 SAFC 1. BUT WE’RE AT WEMBLEY”

  1. Above all, a TEAM effort. After the trauma of the DiCanio era, it is obvious that Gus has got all of them reading the same script.
    We were relentless in the second half. The successive waves of attack, although not creating clear cut chances, always looked as if they might harrass United into an error.
    Mannone MOTM, Ki and Bardsley superb, and I thought Altidore was a definate presence when he was intoduced.

    The least said about the penalties the better. However KI and Alonso’s were top drawer. Actually I wonder why Bardsley dosen’t take them? His shooting is usually on target, and I think that he has the mental strength for the job.

  2. Fantastic night,

    great drama.

    ,doing it on Man Utd turf,

    getting to a CUP FINAL!!!,

    with the team we started the season with,

    putting out Chelsea too,..

    Huge pat on the back for our genius manager(Thanks Gus) and the effort the players put in too.

    Last but not least magnificent supporters.

    Getting to a final the Sunderland way usually leaves you breathless.

    As Alex Ferguson once said…..”football ….bloody hell”

  3. Well by the look of it I’ve already won one cup (mug actually) but money can’t buy what was on show tonight….delighted at both.

  4. Oh Oh Oh!

    It was too much. SImply wonderful.

    Let’s win the cup. No! We are going to win the cup.

    Nice to beat Man Utd.

  5. Congratulations Sunderland fans.
    It was a fantastic game with both sides giving their all. Probably the shittiest shoot out I can remember but well played and great to see don Vito playing like that too!
    Even tougher opposition ahead with City in the final, but work as hard as that and you never know.
    Sunderland deserved it for me, the desire you showed when you needed the goal late on – closing down and hassling deep into extra time – was relentless.
    Congratulations for your deserved cup final.

  6. well done mackems, see you at wembley….
    @robin, looks like the tiny pea injured his knee celebrating his goal ( karma or what ! )

  7. Didn’t I forecast 0-0? ! Oh, me nerves , im like a buckled wheel. What just happened? Fantastic , incredible , let the news be about the victors for a change .92 entered,2 are left . Sooooo proud of our beloved team.looking forward to a fantastic day out. Haway The Lads!!!!

    • I am in Norway. The first thing I did was send a text to my wife in England, she replied, “LOL, Haha, I have a happy Hon”. Last time I was here, I shared a flat with a Sunderland supporter and a Newcastle supporter. So we outnumbered Newcastle Supporters 2:1. However, the Newcastle guy said “WOW, there are 2 in the world”. We all had fun watching football together. And teasing the Arsenal fan I work with. No teasing of him now.

  8. My heart was in my groin, I was trembling. As soon as Gardner missed the first, then I prayed and prayed. Come on guys. I was willing Adam Johnson to win it for us, NO!!!

    But why did Man U not choose Hernandez before Rafael? Oh well, at least we are in the final. We seem to do well against Man City, but this time they will be prepared.

    In Gus we Trust? Anyone willing to join me in that.

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