No excuses, no complaints. Martin O’Neill tells it straight: we got what we deserved from this game and so did Everton. If the nature of the defeat has left Sunderland fans feeling flat with only might-have-beens to dwell on, MON sees eight remaining league games as a chance to make his first season with us matter …
We were second best and Everton deserved to win the game – it’s really disappointing.
The second goal was cruel. Although we hadn’t played very well, we were still in the game at that time but even so, I’m not sure that we did enough to warrant that.
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We built ourselves up for the game, we did very well to force the replay but we came here tonight and didn’t perform well enough in the game.
The general performance was disappointing –basic things like being able to control the ball, pass it and hold it – those things were disappointing on a big night.
Everton deserved to win it.
They are very strong with a lot of experienced players and tonight they were better than us.
It was disappointing for the big turnout that we had and we should have done better.
There are eight more games to go this season. Unfortunately the cup run has gone, but there’s something to draw from it.
The atmosphere tonight was really fantastic – that’s what this football club should be about.
I know that cup competitions are a long, long way away right now but nights like tonight are the sort of nights we should have more of.
That should be our aim.