Striker speaks after playing key role against former club.
Fabio Borini couldn’t hide his delight after playing a key role in Sunderland’s progression to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
Borini scored a late equaliser in normal time and then set up Ki Sung-Yueng’s 118th-minute winner as Sunderland booked their place in the last four.
That’s the striker’s job and the striker’s sense to try and read where the ball can finish and there was a deflection and I put it in the net
- Borini on cup goal
“It’s a very good evening because we played good football and we showed that we can be solid as well defensively,” he said.
“Attacking-wise we controlled the game better than we did the last time we played Chelsea here in the 4-3 so it’s a great result for the semi-final after a long time.”
Borini climbed off the bench to notch his late leveller, squeezing a shot through David Luiz’s legs from a narrow angle and into the far corner.
“That’s the striker’s job and the striker’s sense to try and read where the ball can finish and there was a deflection and I put it in the net,” he said.
“It went through the player’s legs and I needed to be careful not to hit one of the players and the angle as well.
“Probably I should have closed the game one minute later as well because I had a great chance to score but I didn’t control it well.”
And he popped up again late on, controlling Ondrej Celustka’s cross well under pressure before opting to pass to colleague Ki rather than shoot.
Borini’s unselfishness paid off as the South Korean drilled home past a wrong-footed Mark Schwarzer to settle the tie.
“I could feel [the chance] was there so instead of being selfish – trying to shoot and be the hero - I passed to Ki and we got the win.”
Watch the full interview with Fabio Borini above on SAFSee as the Italian looks ahead to Sunderland’s game against Norwich City this Saturday.