Capital One Cup Final Countdown: Don't just go along for the ride, warns Tony Norman

Just getting to Wembley won’t mean a lot if Sunderland lose. That is Tony Norman's warning, writes Mark Douglas

Don Hutchison: How Sunderland can win the Capital One Cup

My one piece of advice to Gustavo Poyet ahead of Sunday's League Cup final is to ban sunbeds. It sounds funny now but in 1997, it was responsible for my worst experience of Wembley when I was playing for Sheffield United in a play-off final against Crystal Palace

Youngsters receiving treatment at Sunderland hospital are given dream trip to Wembley

Excited young Sunderland fans are packing their bags after being surprised with free tickets to a Wembley cup final

I can't understand cup complacency, says former SAFC boss Malcolm Crosby

Former Sunderland manager Malcolm Crosby has criticised the North East's leading clubs for taking cup competitions too lightly

Fitness first, dreams of Wembley second for Ignacio Scocco

Even as an Argentinian, Sunderland new-boy Ignacio Scocco regards Wembley as special, but he knows he must build his fitness to get there

Sunderland still hoping Steven Fletcher will play at Wembley

Gustavo Poyet is hopeful he will have Steven Fletcher fit for the League Cup final, despite the Scotland striker's Achilles trouble

Gus Poyet dangles Capital One Cup final incentive in front of Santiago Vergini

Santiago Vergini will make his Premier League debut tonight and boss Gus Poyet is confident he will make his mark in place of Wes Brown

Why Vito Mannone is catching on as Sunderland goalkeeper

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has won pass marks from club legend Jimmy Montgomery and team-mate Phil Bardsley

The Agenda: Sunderland's League Cup redemption

Hard work, a solution guy and clean slates - Gus Poyet's methods seem to be working, even if there's plenty of work to be done

Sunderland beat Manchester United to reach Cup final

Sunderland players last night made history after beating Manchester United on penalties to go through to the final of the Capital One Cup

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 1: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties taking the Black Cats to their first major Cup final since 1992

Manchester United v Sunderland preview: Adam Johnson can help make Cup history

Serial winner John O'Shea says reaching a cup final with Sunderland would be "incredible" - and Adam Johnson could make it happen

Cup opponents 'just another team' to Sunderland ace Phil Bardsley

Sunderland ace Phil Bardsley believes the Black Cats can triumph over Manchester United in tonight's Cup game

Gus Poyet urges Sunderland players to seize historic chance

A chance of a lifetime awaits Sunderland tonight as they take on Manchester United in the Capital One Cup semi-final

The Agenda: How Sunderland can book their Wembley place

Chief sports writer Mark Douglas considers Gus Poyet's options ahead of Wednesday's huge opportunity for Sunderland

The Agenda: What can be done about football's lost supporters?

Tuesday's empty seats at the Stadium of Light were an early contender for one of 2014’s most embarrassing sight. What can be done, asks Stuart Rayner

Adam Johnson: Premier League safety more important than cup glory

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson still regards Premier League safety as a higher priority than winning this season's League Cup

Sunderland 2 Manchester United 1: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Adam Johnson's came off the bench last night to help Sunderland edge closer to the final of the Capital One Cup

Sunderland heap more misery on Manchester United to edge closer to Cup final

Sunderland last night beat Manchester United to bring them a step closer to the League Cup final

Emphasis is on enjoyment for Sunderland, says boss Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet has told his Sunderland players to enjoy the “nicest” games of their season

Gus Poyet hits out at fourth round FA Cup draw announcement

Gus Poyet has criticised the Football Association for making the FA Cup fourth round draw whilst third round matches were still being played

Sunderland v Norwich City preview: SAFC aim to avoid double trouble

Recent history has shown cup success and Premier League survival do not always mix but Ondrej Celustka is determined to prove otherwise

Keiren Westwood may need shoulder operation admits Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is due to see a specialist and may need surgery to solve his shoulder problem

The Agenda: How to win a cup and still succeed in the League

The lesson learned from Birmingham is to plan properly in January - not to field weakened teams in the Cup

Seb Larsson: Capital One Cup heroics can help survival fight

Sunderland winger Seb Larsson argues that anyone blaming relegation on Cup form is using a 'bad excuse'

Ki Sung-Yueng goal sends Sunderland through to last four of Cup

Ki Sung-Yueng late goal stuns Chelsea to take Black Cats through to next round of the Capital One Cup

No way Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will play the tinkerman

Consistency of selection and style is key for Sunderland boss. Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas reports

Gus Poyet insists his Sunderland side will be strong against Chelsea in cup clash

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants his team to learn how to win - starting tonight against Chelsea in the League Cup

Aitor Karanka ready to meet McClaren - at last

Aitor Karanka almost signed for Steve McClaren's Middlesbrough eight years ago, but tonight they go head-to-head as Boro visit Derby County

Wearside League: Gateshead Leam Rangers earn a rare victory

Strugglers Gateshead Leam Rangers have finally climbed out the bottom two

Sunderland 2 Southampton 1: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Gus Poyet's gamble of having Phil Bardsley in his squad paid off last night as the defender scored the opening goal in their match against Southampton

The Agenda: The tactical tweaks which could benefit Sunderland

So far Gustavo Poyet has overlooked his most creative players. Stuart Rayner thinks tomorrow is an ideal time to change

Wearside League: Prudhoe Town notch a memorable cup-tie win

High-flying Cleator Moor Celtic come unstuck in the Sunderland Shipowners' Cup at the hands of Prudhoe Town

Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

Newcastle United’s dreams of silverware were extinguished again last night after a spirited but fruitless performance against Manchester City

Newcastle United made to pay in Capital One Cup exit

Newcastle United were made to pay for their profligacy last night as Manchester City sent them tumbling out of the Capital One Cup at St James’ Park

The Agenda: Can Lee Cattermole drive a Sunderland revival?

Chief sports writer Mark Douglas considers whether midfielder Lee Cattermole  is a changed man - and what that would mean for Sunderland

Alan Pardew hits the trophy trail with salvation on the mind

Alan Pardew is targeting derby salvation in the League Cup as Newcastle United tonight face Manchester City

Tony Mowbray sacked by struggling Boro as Gibson acts

Tony Mowbray has been sacked by Middlesbrough after the club’s disappointing start to the Championship season

Never mind Leighton Baines, Yohan Cabaye is just as dangerous, warns Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has joked about combating the threat of Leighton Baines’ free kicks on Monday – but he warned Everton will have to pay serious attention to Yohan Cabaye too.

Newcastle United 2 Leeds United 0: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Newcastle United young guns Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett impressed last night as the Magpies progressed to the next round of the cup

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