Wes struck by cup fever

by Kate Smith

Defender delighted with City date at Wembley.

After what he described as the ‘worst penalty shoot-out I’ve seen for a long while’ Sunderland’s Wes Brown could not hide his excitement after victory at Old Trafford set up a clash with the former Manchester United man’s old enemy, Manchester City.

The Black Cats edged to the Capital One Cup Final after besting United on penalties at the Theatre of Dreams, a result the defender feels Sunderland were more than worthy of.

“It would have been nice to win it in extra time, but we’re delighted to go through on penalties,” Brown told after the game.  “We put so much effort into the game and I thought we played really well - we deserved to go through after the effort we put in.”

Phil Bardsley’s late goal was cancelled out by Javier Hernandez’s even later goal as the United man forced the game into being decided by penalties.

“The ending was absolute madness, we did really well to get back into the game after going 1-0 down and we had some good spells.

“We managed to get the goal that we needed and a minute later it was followed by major disappointment after United scored,” Brown continued.

“We knew we hadn’t lost the game at that point, but we also knew penalties were waiting and it was probably the worst penalty shoot-out I’ve seen for a long while,” the defender laughed.

Brown’s assessment came after only Marcos Alonso and Ki Sung Yueng were able to score from the spot for Sunderland, whilst only Darren Fletcher was successful for the home side.

“There were seven penalties taken and we got two and they only got one – we were absolutely buzzing! We hadn’t practised either in training, we probably need to next time!

The 34 year-old has previously competed in eight cup finals during his career, including the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup.

He’s only twice been involved at finals at the new Wembley Stadium, his last involvement was back in 2010 as an unused substitute in Manchester United’s League Cup triumph over Aston Villa and Brown admitted he can’t wait to return with Sunderland.

“We knew we had Manchester City in the final if we got through and that’s a great reward.

“Personally I’m delighted to be back in a cup final; t’s a great achievement for the club and I hope each and every Sunderland fan enjoys the moment!”