Sunderland 1-2 Stoke City (Capitol One Cup R3)
Butland, Huth, Muniesa, Shawcross, Bardsley, N’Zonzi, Adam, Assaidi (Crouch), Ireland, Diouf, Arnautovic (Moses) Subs: Pieters, Sidwell, Bojan Krkic, Wilkinson, Sorensen
Great away win and especially as that’s our first away against Sunderland since way back in 1994. Two cracking goals by Marc Muniesa put us through as we dumped last year’s runner-ups out of the Capitol One Cup. Couple of outstanding saves by Jack Butland kept us in the game.
Good to see Stephen Ireland get some game time, although he looked knackered in the second half, whereas Arnautovic looked a shadow of his former self although hopefully like last season he will find his form. Bizarre how Arnie was subbed too with his theatrical injury just as a corner was about to be taken. Assaidi had some good runs down the wing too, although he looked tired by the middle of the second half with Crouch replacing him for the last ten minutes of the game.
Southampton at home next in the cup.
Newcastle next Monday at home in the league, let’s hope we can get a decent result as away from home we are now four games unbeaten this season!