The FA Cup third round draw took place this past Monday night, and there were some interesting games out of the hat. We were drawn against Sunderland in an all Premier League clash, a repeat of the game we won 3-1 over the weekend.
There were a few all Premier League matches drawn, with Tottenham vs Leicester City, Watford vs Newcastle, and Southampton vs Crystal Palace, and Norwich vs Manchester City among them.
With a huge number of lower league opposition still in the cup, it’s not ideal that we’ve drawn top flight opposition right off the bat. It could have been far worse though of course, and we know we’re more than capable of getting the win over Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland.
Having won the FA Cup in the last two consecutive seasons, we could break some records this time around. We’ve shown real quality in the competition over the last few years and will be confident of pushing for a third cup victory in 2015/16.
Allardyce has clearly got Sunderland playing a lot better, and the experienced manager knows how to keep teams out of the relegation zone. He may well be putting more stock in Premier League survival rather than the FA Cup however, which can only benefit us.
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Lifting the Premier League trophy is obviously going to be a priority for us too, so we know where our focus will be. But you’d like to think we have a bigger (and of course better) squad than the Black Cats, so progression to the fourth should be easily achievable.