SUNDERLAND captain John O’Shea told of his heartache after his side’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final – saying “the only way you can enjoy a cup final is by winning it”.
For a long time, it looked like the Black Cats were going to pull off a historic win after Fabio Borini’s 10th-minute opener.
However, two goals in two second half minutes from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, and a late strike from Jesus Navas, ensured the trophy was heading to Manchester.
O’Shea insisted Sunderland’s players could not have fond memories of their Wembley visit, despite the strong fight Gus Poyet’s side showed throughout.
He said: “The only way you can enjoy a cup final is by winning it.
“It’s not a nice place to be (when you’ve been beaten).
“We started exactly as we wanted, counter-attacked great and scored a fantastic goal.
“They scored a great goal to get back into it, and we lost a bit of our organisation in the next few minutes and it cost us the second goal.
“We had some great counter-attacking play and if we had been a bit more clinical (it might have been different).”