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

Sunderland fanatic Father Marc Lyden-Smith

Sunderland priest takes Sunday off to cheer on team at Wembley

It's not often that a priest takes a Sunday off, but for Father Marc Lyden-Smith this weekend is a special exception

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson

Capital One Cup Final: Adam Johnson dreaming of feast after Sunderland famine

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson knows what it is like to play for a success-starved club - and to break the spell

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet aims to rise to Sunderland's special occasion

Coach Gustavo Poyet is hoping to find the words to match the special occasion as Sunderland take on Manchester City in the League Cup final

A replica shirt with 'dare to dream' printed on the back

Capital One Cup Final: Journey to Wembley completes restorative year for Sunderland

Sunderland have come an awful long way in 12 months – why shouldn't they believe, argues chief sports writer Mark Douglas

Sunderland's Jack Colback

Jack Colback thinks Wembley hits right pitch for Sunderland

Midfielder Jack Colback thinks the Wembley pitch will be perfectly suited to Sunderland's style of football

April 5, 1992: John Byrne is surrounded after FA Cup semi-final winner against Norwich City at Hillsborough took Sunderland into their last major final appearance

John Byrne urges Sunderland not to rain on their own parade in League Cup Final

Goalscoring hero of 1992 John Byrne is desperate for Sunderland to right a few wrongs as they take on Manchester City at Wembley in the League Cup Final

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet ahead of the Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City

Pressure drop is Gus Poyet's objective in battle of minds

Sunderland boss wants his Sunderland team to believe - and channel the enthusiasm of the supporters

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

Former Sunderland keeper Tony Norman in action for the Black Cats against QPR

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


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