Martin O'Neill targets FA Cup run to match Sunderland's class of 1973
Martin O'Neill says Sunderland will respect the FA Cup on the 40th anniversary of the club's most famous success.
Last Updated: 05/01/13 2:04pm
Bob Stokoe's side - then in the old Second Division - stunned holders Leeds 1-0 in the 1973 final to earn the club just a second FA Cup win and the manager a statue on Wearside.
O'Neill was a Sunderland supporter in the years leading up to that Wembley win and is now in Stokoe's old role as he prepares for a third-round trip to Bolton on Saturday.
He said: "It's a competition we would like to do well in; we got to the quarter finals last year, which is as good a run as we have had in a few years.
"It is important for the fans and the football club and while we accept that in recent times the Premier League has been the be-all and end-all, it should
not detract from it.
"I consider it a fantastic competition and there's untold advantages of trying
to stay in.
"It's the 40-year anniversary of our great triumph at Wembley and for that reason alone it's worth our while to try and stay in the competition as it's still a great competition."