Southampton's FA Cup dream ends at Black Cats

Southampton have been knocked out of the FA Cup after defeat at Sunderland - Craig Gardner's second half goal sealed their win.

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Saints' assistant boss defends cup changes

Southampton assistant manager Jesus Perez defended Mauricio Pochettino's

decision to make six changes from Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Hull.

Saints manager Pochettino, made six changes - replacing Artur Boruc, Calum Chambers, Jose Fonte, Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.

We pick our strongest team where we can. We decided to play

with the best 11 after the game at Hull during the week. Our team is strong and all the players are available to play. We picked the

strongest team. There are players that needed a couple of days to recover and some players with illness or just a lack of freshness... we have nothing more to say.

We are a little bit sad to lose this opportunity to go forward in the FA Cup but nothing to say about our players."

– Jesus Perez, Southampton assistant manager

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