MARTIN O’NEILL wants a cup run to complement Sunderland’s remarkable upswing in league form since his arrival.
The Black Cats have the best form in the Premier League since the Northern Irishman took over the reins at the Stadium of Light half a dozen games ago.
And now he would love to see a bit of cup fever coming to Wearside for the first time in years to help ramp up the feelgood factor.
There might have been a perception last month that the FA Cup would be something of a distraction Sunderland could do without as they fought to move out of relegation danger.
But with the Black Cats reaching the comparative safety of the top half of the league with victory over Wigan midweek, they can afford to give greater attention to the famous competition
“We will definitely be trying to stay in the FA Cup,” he said immediately after the Wigan win.
“Whatever we might feel in the minutes after the Wigan game, we will be ready on Sunday to give Peterborough a game.
“And if we do go out of it at the weekend, it won’t be through lack of trying.”
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