Cup has special memories for AJ

by Kate Smith

Winger looking for more FA Cup success.

Adam Johnson admits that there are no words that can describe how it feels for a footballer to lift the FA Cup.

The winger got his hands on the trophy when he was part of the Manchester City side that defeated Stoke City at Wembley in 2011 and has fond memories of that day.

Ahead of Sunderland’s FA Cup with Budweiser third round replay against Bolton, Johnson said: “It’s the best cup competition in the world and it’s the first major honour I won – you can’t describe the moment when you win something like that. 

“The days surrounding it are special and you just can’t put it into words how good it feels.

“It would be great for the lads here who’ve never experienced that to get a good run and go far.

“In cup competitions all teams stand a chance – look at Bradford City’s progress in the Capital One Cup – we’ve got players at this club, who on their day can beat anyone.

Johnson knows there’s a long way to go for Sunderland to get to that stage of the competition, with the first hurdle being the game with Bolton at the Stadium of Light.

“It’s a big game for Bolton, a lot of their players have played in the Premier League before and they will be looking to get a result and to prove a point.

Johnson added: “The replay falls during a busy time for both clubs and both teams would have preferred to win it first time round.

“We didn’t start well at the Reebok, we need to cut out the mistakes and capitalise on our attacking play.

“We have to go out and get the win and we know we’ve then got to come up against Everton.

“It’s important to get past Bolton and then our reward for that is a home tie which is always a bonus in the cup.”