Gus Poyet still dreams of Sunderland return to Wembley

FA CUP MISSION: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
FA CUP MISSION: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
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GUS POYET is hungry for a return to Wembley, with two Football League sides standing between Sunderland and the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Head coach Poyet took Sunderland to their first major final in 22 years last season and is eager for another cup run, ahead of tonight’s fourth round replay at Championship Fulham.

The victors at Craven Cottage will travel to League One Bradford in the fifth round, with Premier League heavyweights Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs already out of the opportunity.

And Poyet, a winner of the FA Cup as a player during his Chelsea days, is well-aware of the opportunity for Sunderland in the competition, if they can secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season tonight.

“It would be nice if we could repeat the cup run that we had last year,” said Poyet.

“I love the FA Cup.

“We are going to try to win tonight and it is a great option for us this year. We are going to try as soon as we can to get back to Wembley.”

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light stalemate with Fulham 10 days ago was a dire spectacle, albeit the Cottagers came close to snatching a late win when Hugo Rodallega hit the woodwork.

But Poyet expects a more open encounter tonight and hopes Sunderland can take advantage of that after the boost stemming from Saturday’s Premier League win over Burnley.

“I think Fulham will think that at home they will have a better chance and be a bit more open so there will be more space,” added Poyet.

“But this game is easier for us to approach after the win on Saturday.

“We always talk about confidence and we go to Fulham having had a home win that we needed.

“The victory brings confidence and now we have the chance to go and get into the next round of the cup.”