LISTEN: Sunderland's Wembley Dream Is Over
2 March 2014, 22:46
Sunderland have missed the chance to bring the League Cup back to Wearside for the first time since 1973.
The Black Cats went ahead in the first half thanks to Fabio Bornini, but couldn't hold off Manchester City in the second half.
The Blues managed to get 3 past keeper Vito Mannone, leaving the score 3-1 to Manchester City at the final whistle.
More than 30,000 Sunderland fans made the trip to the new Wembley Stadium. One of them was Rachael Ashburner (aka @geordie_mackem) who Capital caught up with on Wembley Way
The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, as fans crossed London to get to Wembley by tube
But on the pitch, second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas denied the Black Cats a morale-boosting win.
Sunderland's players were dejected when they came off the Wembley pitch. Birthday boy Vito Mannone, for one, was almost inconsolable when he left the stadium.
Speaking to Capital after the match, defender Phil Bardsley was understandably disappointed
Boss Gus Poyet said:
"It's up to me to make sure we use this defeat in the right way.
I don't like excuses, I won't give the players the opportunity to have an excuses because we lost today. No chance.
If we do this every week, I'm sure we'll stay in the league.
I need to see who takes my words now and shows me they are okay after this because we are all different.
Maybe playing in the FA Cup (against Hull) next week helps us, and then we have the (league) game against Crystal Palace which we must win, for sure."