Martin O'Neill targets FA Cup run to match Sunderland's class of 1973

Bob Stokoe: Sunderland's FA Cup-winning manager of 1973 immortalised outside the Stadium of Light

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Martin O'Neill says Sunderland will respect the FA Cup on the 40th anniversary of the club's most famous success.

Bob Stokoe's side - then in the old Second Division - stunned holders Leeds 1-0 in the 1973 final to earn the club just a second FA Cup win and the manager a statue on Wearside.

O'Neill was a Sunderland supporter in the years leading up to that Wembley win and is now in Stokoe's old role as he prepares for a third-round trip to Bolton on Saturday.

He said: "It's a competition we would like to do well in; we got to the quarter finals last year, which is as good a run as we have had in a few years.

"It is important for the fans and the football club and while we accept that in recent times the Premier League has been the be-all and end-all, it should

not detract from it.

"I consider it a fantastic competition and there's untold advantages of trying

to stay in.

"It's the 40-year anniversary of our great triumph at Wembley and for that reason alone it's worth our while to try and stay in the competition as it's still a great competition."