VITO MANNONE says he couldn’t even hear the voices of his own defenders due to the wall of noise created by Sunderland supporters.
Sunderland’s allocation of 30,000 fans produced a raucous atmosphere inside Wembley, with many more Black Cats followers dotted around the stadium.
And goalkeeper Mannone, who turned 26 yesterday, said he has never experienced anything comparable during his career.
Mannone said: “The experience was amazing. I enjoyed every minute of it.
“The fans were incredible again; unbelievable.
“They were so loud.
“I’ve never heard anything like that in the game. It was the most noisy I’ve ever heard.
“I couldn’t even talk to my defence at some points during the first half.
“Our fans were pushing us from behind and that was what was really great about the first half.
“They still sang for us all the way and they were proud of us.”
Mannone held his hands up to the quality of Manchester City’s first two goals, which turned the game on its head in the space of 60 seconds.
“I thought the first one was incredible, the way it dipped down,” said the Italian.
“I didn’t expect a shot like that to be honest. It kept going away from me when I was diving.
“The second one is such a brilliant finish too. It was the only spot in the net that would go in.”
Mannone insists Sunderland could rightly hold their heads high, despite the defeat, after threatening to cause a major upset.
And the former Arsenal man believes that has to act as a huge comfort to Gus Poyet’s men, particularly as Sunderland were underwhelming in their last two finals at Wembley in the 1985 League Cup and 1992 FA Cup.
The £2million summer signing added: “We are proud, even if we are disappointed. I’m like any Sunderland fan.
“At least we have no regrets.
“We went into the game and surprised them. We played really well in the first half.
“In the second half, the only thing that beat us was two world class finishes.
“We were really in shape and playing our game and I can’t fault anyone in the team.
“We were spot on with our plan, but unfortunately, we faced a great Man City side and they’ve got talents like Yaya Toure and (Samir) Nasri and I think everybody saw that.”