Sunderland v Bolton

MON on Cup exit

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by Kate Morton

O’Neill ‘bitterly disappointed’ after loss.

Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill pulled no punches after watching his side get knocked out of the FA Cup with Budweiser at the hands of lower league opposition. 

It’s bitterly disappointing. We’ve gone out of a competition we did so well in last season very meekly.

- Martin O'Neill

Two goals from Marvin Sordell were enough to seal a place in the fourth round for Championship side Bolton after Sunderland struggled to get control of the game.

The frontman converted from the spot to give the visitors the league before doubling his tally with 15 minutes to go leaving the home side shell-shocked.

After the game O’Neill conceded: “It’s bitterly disappointing. We’ve gone out of a competition we did so well in last season very meekly.

“After the performance on Saturday it’s disappointing that we can’t put two consecutive performances like that together.

“We didn’t do enough in the game.

“We need to have consistency; otherwise we’re going to go nowhere. “

The manager was left frustrated by the contrasting Sunderland side he had seen on Saturday in the comprehensive home win over West Ham, in comparison to their display against Bolton.

“Today we needed to put another performance together; that’s’ the sign of a good team,” O’Neill continued “but we were unable to do that.

“We were forced into making changes with [Steven] Fletcher out due to illness, but that shouldn’t matter – that was as strong a side as we could put out.

“Last season we had a good run in the competition and that run gave us the momentum to keep going in the league too.

“Now all the effort that was put into the second half at Bolton means nothing after we’ve gone out of the competition meekly.

“We had a couple off opportunities that we could have done better with but it wasn’t enough in the end.”