With the dream of a visit or two to Wembley still alive, Martin O’Neill has special words of praise for 5,800 travelling fans and one Belgian keeper in his latest post match e-mail …
It was a really tough game.
I thought we started really well considering that we were playing away from home.
The crowd were terrific for us and we got the goal that I think was deserved.
We had a good little spell after that but then Everton got their equaliser and then, of course, the game hangs in the balance.
Simon [Mignolet] made a wonderful save at the end. From where I was standing I thought it was in, but he did well to make the save and I’m delighted for him.
Mignolet kept us in the game and it would have been cruel on us if it had gone in – great credit to him.
It was a fantastic effort from the team – we’re missing some big players – but the players’ commitment and determination was brilliant – you can’t question that.
I’ve been told all week about Sunderland’s record at Goodison Park and I tried not to think about that.
But when you saw the supporters across the other side of the field, you felt that you weren’t alone.
All the best,