Joel Campbell has saved Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny some blushes in our FA Cup third round clash with Sunderland, grabbing a first half equaliser after the Black Cats took an early lead.
Jeremain Lens put Sam Allardyce’s side in front after a mix up between Gibbs and Koscielny, the Englishman playing his centre-back into danger with a really poor pass, and Koscielny then failing to clear first time and seeing the ball pinched by Lens.
The Sunderland man then had a fairly simple task to lash it past Petr Cech, with the mistake putting us 1-0 down early on.
Thankfully, the attacking strength we had on the pitch meant we were always going to create chances, and we eventually took one. Alex Iwobi had been bright in the early stages, and was instrumental in the goal as he drove through midfield.
The youngster laid it off to Theo Walcott out wide, who picked a beautiful pass into the box. He showed Mesut Özil-like vision to pick out an onrushing Joel Campbell, and the Costa Rican calmly slotted it into the back of the net. 1-1.
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Sunderland started really brightly, but can’t possibly keep up the intensity they initially showed. The second half should see us grab the game by the scruff of the neck, and take it to Sunderland.
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We’ve got an incredibly attack-minded team on the field, so hopefully we’ll see plenty of goals in the second half.