At the start of the season most Sunderland fans would see this competition as the best opportunity our team has to win a trophy. The manager probably thinks so too and also sees it as an opportunity to give important squad players valuable playing time. And despite our captain’s best efforts to level things up by taking the early bath the Lads come through. So objective achieved and maybe the biggest plus from this game will be in the effect it has on Sess and Jimmy Mac before Wigan and over the next few Premiership games. The manager is happy and we are in the hat for the next round. Here’s how MON saw it
We were comfortable winners in the end but it didn’t feel like that having gone down to 10 men.
It’s a big pitch and MK Dons keep the ball very well, however [Craig] Gardner’s goal in the second half was the turning point for us.
It was a great goal from the free kick and we went on to defend stoutly to win the game.
We had to make a couple of enforced changes ahead of the game.
We started brightly – the sending off knocked us back slightly but we recovered well to get the win.
I’m delighted for the team and especially delighted for the crowd who turned out here tonight.
I thought [James] McClean was excellent all night. He worked hard for the team, he got back and covered two or three players.
[Stephane] Sessegnon did the same, dropping back admirably, and he looks like he’s getting somewhere near the form he showed last year.
The two centre backs were also terrific. Matt Kilgallon stepped in and did well and when you take into consideration that David Meyler is a midfield player, he did tremendously and adapted very well.
All the best,