Looking back on cup clashes

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by Stuart Vose

safc.com looks back on some modern third-round successes ahead of Sunday's action.

Ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup with Budweiser third round tie against Carlisle, safc.com looks back on some of Sunderland’s last-64 ties in the 21st century.

5. Peterborough United 0 – 2 Sunderland (8th January 2012)

Seb Larsson and James McClean scored early in the second half to ensure Sunderland’s safe passage to round four at London Road.

Larsson’s curling free-kick snuck in at the back post after evading any touches in the box before McClean nodded the Swede's corner home at the front post on the hour.

The win extended Martin O’Neill’s side’s unbeaten run to five games and the Black Cats would go on to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

4. Sunderland 3 – 0 Northwich Victoria (8th January 2005)

Neill Collins, Dean Whitehead and Anthony Le Tallec all scored as Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners over non-league Northwich Victoria in the 2005-06 FA Cup.

Collins fired in from Liam Lawrence’s corner before Whitehead doubled Sunderland’s advantage just before half time after being played in by Jon Stead.

Le Tallec slotted home a late strike to add gloss to the scoreline as the Black Cats set up a tie with Brentford in round four.

3. Sunderland 1 – 0 Hartlepool United (3rd January 2004)

Julio Arca was the star of the show as Sunderland defeated north-east rivals Hartlepool United at the Stadium of Light.

The Argentine defender unleashed a powerful left-foot strike from the corner of the box beyond Jim Provett in the Pools goal.

Mart Poom pulled off a couple of fine saves whilst Phil Babb made a goal-line clearance to prevent a replay at Victoria Park.

Sunderland would go on to reach the semi-finals at Old Trafford where they lost 1-0 to eventual runners-up Millwall.

2. Sunderland 2 – 0 Bolton Wanderers (AET) (14th January 2003)

Two goals in the space of two extra time minutes from Julio Arca and Michael Proctor saw Sunderland deservedly overcome Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light.

Arca broke Bolton keeper Kevin Poole’s resistance in the 98th minute after driving home when Kevin Kyle had mis-controlled Emerson Thome’s cross.

Proctor made sure of Sunderland’s progress in the replay after he turned Ivan Campo and fired beyond Poole.

This game proved to be Nicolas Medina’s only appearance for the Black Cats, who made it to the fifth round before being knocked out by Watford.

1. Crystal Palace 2 – 4 Sunderland (AET) (17th January 2001)

After crashing out of the League Cup in the last 16 at the hands of Palace, Peter Reid’s side had revenge on their mind in this third-round replay at Selhurst Park.

Clinton Morrison gave Palace a first-half lead in this topsy-turvy affair before Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips scored to steer the tie in Sunderland’s favour.

However, Steven Thomson notched in the 89th minute to force extra time and things got worse for the Black Cats when Daniele Dichio was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The England youth international was dismissed just a minute after Phillips had grabbed his second goal before Kevin Kilbane ensured Reid’s side’s safe passage into round four.

The Black Cats would beat Ipswich Town before losing to West Ham United a round later.