Match-winner reflects on first goal.
A beaming Ki Sung-Yueng could not hide his delight after his first goal in English football sent Sunderland through to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
“It was a great occasion for me, for the fans and for the football club,” he told safc.com after the final whistle.
The Korean played an integral part of the Black Cats spirited fight back after trailing a goal behind to Chelsea before substitute Fabio Borini forced extra time with a late leveller.
Following on in the same style as the Italian’s late equaliser, Ki, also a second half substitute snatched the winner as Borini turned provider two minutes from the end of the second period of extra time.
“Everyone was desperate to win the game. The cup competition gave us a great chance to reorganise ourselves,” he explained.
It was my first goal in England and for it to come at this moment – a cup quarter final - it’s something I never expected.
“The boys were really focussed on the game and from coming off the bench all I wanted to do was help the team go through to the next round.”
Ki joined the action just after the hour mark and wasted no time in making an impression, popping up with a number of chances to test Chelsea’s resolve.
“Whether I play one minute, two minutes, 45 minutes or 90 minutes, I don’t care, I just want to do my best on the pitch.”
Ten minutes after the former Celtic man’s introduction, fellow sub Borini was introduced and handed Sunderland a lifeline two minutes from full time.
“Fabio was great,” Ki added.
“He made a great impact after he came on. It’s unbelievable that we both came on off the bench and scored to go through.”
After the game Ki admitted that his winning goal is somewhat of a blur after it almost rolled over the line in slow motion:
“Fab gave me the ball and I tried to shoot with my left but Michael Essien was in front so I had to go again,” he explained. “I shot with my right foot and the next thing I knew it was in – I can’t express what I felt.
“It was an unbelievable moment for me, the celebrations were fantastic - everyone all together!
“It was my first goal in England and for it to come at this moment – a cup quarter final - it’s something I never expected.
“It’s a great feeling. I want to score more goals.”
The win over Chelsea is Sunderland’s fourth home victory in the Capital One Cup this season, a competition Ki has high regard for:
“It’s an amazing competition, especially for a team like Sunderland.
“We have a great opportunity to play at Wembley, which is an honour. I experienced it last year with Swansea and would love that chance again, it’s a great prize.”