Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Card Row as the Potters Come from Behind to End Wembley Bid; THE MATCH: Sunderland 1 Stoke City 2

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Red Card Row as the Potters Come from Behind to End Wembley Bid; THE MATCH: Sunderland 1 Stoke City 2

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Byline: James Hunter at the Stadium of Light twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

SUNDERLAND'S Capital One Cup dream was cut short as Stoke City came from behind to win at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats were beaten finalists last season, but this term they were unable to progress beyond the third round.

USA international Jozy Altidore marked his first start of the season with his first goal since December, as he put Sunderland ahead just after the quarter-hour mark.

But goals either side of half-time from former Barcelona left-back Marc Muniesa ensured that it was the Potters who booked their place in the fourth round draw.

There was controversy too, with Sunderland furious that Stoke mid-fielder N'Zonzi somehow avoided a red card when he grabbed Jack Rodwell by the throat towards the end of the first half after reacting to a late challenge. Rodwell was booked for his indiscretion, yet referee Mike Dean will have a lot of explaining to do after settling for the same punishment for N'Zonzi. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet had said he would make changes for the cup, and was as good as his word, with seven alterations to the side that started the goalless draw at Burnley at the weekend. He gave on-loan Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates his debut in central defence, while Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Liam Bridcutt, Jordi Gomez, Will Buckley and Altidore also came into the side. Vito Mannone, Wes Brown, Patrick van Aanholt, Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson, Connor Wickham and the injured Emanuele Giaccherini made way.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes made half a dozen changes to the side that drew 2-2 against QPR at the weekend, with Muniesa, Jack Butland, Robert Huth, Steven Ireland, Marko Arnautovic and Oussama Assaidi replacing Asmir Begovic, Erik Pieters, Victor Moses, Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch.

Former Sunderland man Phil Bardsley made his first return to the Stadium of Light after joining the Potters on a Bosman free transfer over the summer, while fellow ex-Black Cat Thomas Sorensen was included on the bench.

Both sides created chances in the early stages, with Altidore just inches away from making contact with Jones' inswinging cross from the left corner of the penalty area inside the first minute.

Soon after, Muniesa shot straight at Pantilimon from just outside the area, while at the other end Buckley teed up Jack Rodwell, only for the England man to clear the crossbar with his effort.

But Sunderland went in front in the 16th minute through Altidore.

Adam Johnson's cross from the left-hand touchline was plucked out of the air by Jones and he fed the ball to Altidore on the edge of the box.

The big frontman turned former Middlesbrough defender Huth and then steered a low right-footed shot through a forest of legs and in off the inside of the left-hand post. …

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