Sunderland have a tough test this evening against a Southampton side making good progress in both the Premier League and against European opposition.
Manager David Moyes thinks a continuing cup run would benefit Sunderland, but says they'll have their hands full on the South Coast:
I've been impressed by Southampton. I think a lot of people have by, I think outside the top 3 or 4 teams at the moment, I think Southampton might be the name people are talking about just now and rightly so.
David Moyes insists Sunderland are still improving despite failing to register a single league win this season.
Moyes' side travel to Southampton on Wednesday in hope of advancing into the quarter finals of League cup. The manager says that facing the Saints is a great opportunity to showcase they've turned a corner.
I think it's a game we can do with because I think it's another game to show we are improving, to show we're doing better and we have been slightly.
We go to Southampton who are playing very well. We drew there earlier on (in the season), if we can do that then we get extra time and penalties."
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Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, has had a surprise call up to the England squad. The 22 year old received his first England call-up after Burnley's Tom Heaton had to pull out with a minor injury.
Pickford will join the squad to face Slovenia in Tuesday's 1018 World Cup qualifier.
Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks with a hamstring injury.
The former Bayern Munich player was stretchered off during Sunderland's draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
A subsequent medical scan showed his recovery will take between six and eight weeks.
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By Paul Dobson
I seem to remember the last blog banging on about it being a funny old week, even for a Sunderland supporter, with the only normal bit being defeat. Well, it got even funnier, and not in a “ha ha” way. I’d “celebrated” the Palace game by spending the evening in the company of a couple of lads from New York, one of whom had supported us from afar via TV and was making his first trip to a “real” game, and his colleague. Let’s just say that Charlie now really “gets” Sunderland – he thought he did before, but he really understands now. His colleague Rob was a bit taken aback by the whole thing – match, atmosphere, fans, our rattling on about things that happened years ago, the lasses in the bar…..
The next “non-ha ha” part? Well, Big Sam’ll Fix It, courtesy of the Telegraph. We’re obviously part of the story, and by association tainted by it. It could only happen to us – was there a burial ground as well as colliery on the site of our ground, and are we therefore forever cursed? When Januzaj’s injury (six weeks) was announced, it was easy to imagine Gypsy Rose Lee sticking pins in a red and white shirt. Let’s be honest, we should be used to it by now, but at least the bookies had us as favourites to win today.
Are they mad? Another sort of makeshift side, with no left footed player starting, missed a good early chance through Defoe, then had to endure WBA’s customary time-wasting with each goal kick taking half a minute. Was a draw a fair result? Probably, because we didn’t get behind their defence often enough and we didn’t create enough chances.
At least we get next weekend off for good behaviour. I’ll not be spending time watching England.
Sam Allardyce says "entrapment has won" after he lost his job following a newspaper investigation.
The Football Association terminated his contract on Tuesday after revelations made in The Telegraph.
Speaking outside his home the day after he left the England manager's job, the former Bolton boss explained he was off on holiday to reflect on what had happened.
On reflection, it was a silly thing to do; I helped out someone I had known for 30 years and unfortunately it was an error in judgement on my behalf.
I've suffered the consequences. Entrapment has won on this occasion.
The agreement [to terminate his contract] with the FA was all done very amicably.
I have a confidential agreement so I can't say too much more.
I'm going to go away and reflect on it. I am off abroad to chill out and reflect on it.
Former England manager Sam Allardyce claims he only attended a meeting with undercover reporters in order to help a friend get a job.
Allardyce told Sky Sports News that thought he was helping Scott McGarvey get a £260,000 a year job with a company when he met the reporters in a hotel.
It also reported that Allardyce said he 'wasn't being greedy' nor 'wanted to earn more money' following the discussion with undercover journalists.
It is thought Allardyce will leave the country to go on a family holiday for a couple of weeks as he ponders his future.
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has expressed his disappointment after ex Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager.
He left the post by mutual consent.
The decision follows newspaper allegations that Allardyce abused his role to negotiate a financial deal.
In a statement the FA said: "The FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect."