Sunderland take on Stoke City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night in a bid to go one better than last year.
The Black Cats were beaten in dramatic fashion by Premier league champions Manchester City in last year's final after Fabio Borini had given the Wearside club an early lead and a step towards their first major trophy since 1973.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas ensured Sunderland's wait for a trophy continues, however. The Potters themselves did enjoy a cup run last year however were dumped out by David Moyes and Manchester United in the fifth round at the Britannia Stadium.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet told Sky Sports News that he enjoys the drama that cup football brings.
"I like the cups, that's me. I always enjoy cup games because they are like little finals," he said.
"You are winning little finals to get to the final, and that makes special moments and very unique times and celebrations, goals in the last minute or penalty shoot-outs or whatever it is.
"It brings plenty of things to the group as well for the future."
Stoke have made a steady start to the new campaign, beating Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City and picking up points at QPR and Hull City. The team from Staffordshire will be going into this fixture with a lot of confidence and belief having produced some very good displays on the road already.
Poyet has already revealed that he may make some changes for the game and with Sunderland still to register a victory this season, I can see them losing out again against a good Stoke outfit. This game may go the distance but I am going for a narrow win to Mark Hughes' men.
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