Freedman dedicates magnificent cup win to fans

DOUGIE Freedman dedicated last night’s magnificent FA Cup win at Sunderland to the club’s travelling army of fans.

A hardy band of 300 watched from high in the rafters at the Stadium of Light as Marvin Sordell scored twice in the second half, one from the penalty spot, to seal a remarkable victory over the Premier League side that had been written in the stars.

Last night’s triumph came on the second anniversary of Nat Lofthouse’s death, and nearly 20 years to the day after the famous 2-0 victory over cup holders Liverpool at Anfield.

It also marked the return of fans’ favourite Stuart Holden – who had not played a competitive game since October 2011.

All in all it was a memorable night for the loyal supporters who were there to witness a magnificent victory.

“It’s a great night for our away fans because they have been fantastic this year and they have seen some very good football – not always the result – but tonight it all came together,” the manager said.

“We had a gameplan and credit to the lads, we stuck at it and played very well.

“The difference was the quality of passing we showed in the last 20 minutes and the right team won the game.

“Stuart came back and battled well and young Josh Vela was excellent on his return too.

“With the clean sheet as well, it makes it a great night for the club.”

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