Sunderland's Connor Wickham scores his sides third goal against Birmingham City

Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Sunderland AFC reach the third round of the Capital One Cup with late burst of goals to continue their love affair with the trophy

Gillingham's Antonio German (R) in action with Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini

Gillingham 0 Newcastle United 1: Neil Cameron's match analysis

A 1-0 victory at least gives Newcastle United supporters the chance to dream of a long run in the Capital One Cup

League Cup final 76 when United met Manchester City, unfortunately they were beaten and Dennis Tueart scored the winning goal for Cit, inset manager Gordon Lee celebrates reaching final

The Agenda: It is time Newcastle United treated the League Cup with the seriousness it deserves

How a club that never wins anything can not try to win this competition is an infuriating mystery

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew admits Newcastle are just being honest when it comes to their attitude to cup competitions

But the Newcastle United manager insisted he would field a strong team at Gillingham in the Capital One Cup

Joe Harvey is held aloft at Wembley as Newcastle United celebrate their fifth FA Cup win in the 1952 final

Mark Douglas: Newcastle United's Cup argument doesn't stack up

Newcastle United's arrogant attitude to cups is muddle-headed and incorrect reckons Mark Douglas

Jozy Altidore

Sunderland 'a difficult team to play for,' says Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore says Sunderland are a hard team to play for after not even making the bench for the League Cup final

Sunderland’s John O’Shea

John O'Shea reckons first half 'perfection' must be a platform

John O’Shea feels Sunderland have hit the level of “perfection” under Gus Poyet – and should use that to fuel their FA Cup and survival bids

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City tackles Fabio Borini of Sunderland

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 3: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Black Cats' first half brilliance counts for nothing - but now they must gather up the positives for challenges ahead

Sad Sunderland fans at Wembley watch their side slip to defeat at the hands of Manchester City

Sunderland fans give their reaction after Black Cats' cup loss

Sunderland fans stand by their club despite their Capital One Cup final loss to Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini (left) and Sunderland head coach Gusatvo Poyet (right)

League Cup Final captivates a Continent as Manuel Pellegrini and Gus Poyet do battle

Sunderland head coach Gustavo Poyet says the Capital One Cup final at Wembley Stadium has captivated a Continent as the Black Cats get set to take on Manchester City

Gus Poyet, Sunderland's head coach

Gus Poyet: League Cup victory more important than Premier League survival

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet convinced by supporters that League Cup win means more than staying the Premier League

Jack Colback

Jack Colback aiming for famous win at Wembley

Few in the Sunderland team know what Sunday’s game means more than Jack Colback, as he explains to Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas

Dennis Tueart with the Capital One Cup

Prizes can mean points, says former Sunderland star Dennis Tueart

A Sunderland FA Cup winner who served Manchester City on and off the field, Dennis Tueart is well placed to view all sides of the League Cup final, writes Stuart Rayner

Jack Colback of Sunderland in action

Jack Colback signals his determination to stay at Sunderland

Ahead of the biggest game of his career, Jack Colback has reiterated his desire to sign a long-term contract with Sunderland

Gary Bennett

Sunderland need to be ruthless to pull off a cup shock, warns Gary Bennett

Former Sunderland captain Gary Bennett has warned his old team they must be rock solid at both ends of the field to life the League Cup

Gary Bennett (wearing No 4) moves in during the FA Cup final against Liverpool

Gary Bennett hands Sunderland a warning from history

Experience tells Gary Bennett Sunderland should not try to change formation at the last minute

Sunderland players celebrate with the FA Cup after defeating Leeds United in the 1973 final

Bob Murray: Sunderland's road to Wembley has never been smooth

Reaching cup finals while fighting relegation, losing play-off finals but going up. Sunderland’s post-War relationship with Wembley has been full of contradictions, former chairman Bob Murray tells Stuart Rayner

Bob Murray after receiving his Knighthood

Bob Murray pleased Sunderland are wearing red-and-white for League Cup final

It made Bob Murray's day when he realised Sunderland would wear red-and-white at Wembley, so scrapping FA Cup replays does not sit comfortably

Not everybody supports Sunderland at West Rainton Primary School

West Rainton Primary pupils turn school red and white ahead of Capital One Cup final

Children from West Rainton Primary in Houghton le Spring were taking part in the Foundation of Lights Red and White City campaign

Fabio Borini celebrates scoring for Sunderland

Fabio Borini hopes to catch Italy coach Cesare Prandelli's eye at Wembley

Fabio Borini hopes to use Sunday's League Cup final to underline his case to go to this summer's World Cup


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