McCarthy Praise For Pool Fans

"It made for a great atmosphere, a great occasion,'' he said after Sunderlands 1-0 third round victory.

"It was a hard fought victory because it was one of those games where we were never going to come out of it with credit.

"We were playing a team from a lower league and were expected to win. I've been involved in games like that as a player but I think we shaded it and when you need that bit of class, Julio has come up with the goods.''