Capital One Cup: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet dedicates semi-final win to fans

Last Updated: 23/01/14 8:31am

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet dedicated their Capital One Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United to the club's long-suffering supporters.

Poyet's side won an extraordinary second leg 2-1 on penalties, after the match had finished 2-1 to United on the night to leave the tie poised at 3-3 on aggregate.

The two teams then contrived to miss seven penalties between them but Rafael missed the 10th and crucial spot-kick that means Sunderland will face Manchester City in the Wembley final on 2 March.

"My feelings are for them (the Sunderland fans)," Poyet told Sky Sports.

"It's been a difficult season, nothing to enjoy. They deserve that, so let's see if we can go one better and win the final as well.

"This match was immense. What we need(ed) to do to win this game! This is the good thing with cups, you never know what is going to happen."

It was an incredible climax to a game that didn't boast too many incidents or drama until the final minute. But the visitors thoroughly deserved the victory having contained United relatively comfortably.

"We were difficult to play against," Poyet added. "We created a few chances and they scored and when maybe they were expecting Manchester United to go all the way we came back and scored.

"Then we scored and we think we are through but they score again, you could not write a book about it. We have to be proud, it is not easy to play two legs against Manchester United. It is a moment to enjoy and make sure we do something special."

As for whether they could go on to win the tournament, Poyet added: "Can we win it? Of course we can, why not? It will be an incredible task, hope they have a bad day and take our chances but the fans deserve this day.

"To have a day of football like this is great for everybody, great for football too. Let's see if we can go one better."

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