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What the bosses said

The FA Cup third round tie between Sunderland and Wigan Athletic hardly set the world on fire but a win is a win and once you get habits it is hard to break them, so winning is a good habit to get.

The cup might not be a priority this year for either of these two clubs but it is still a way of generating some cash to help fund possible transfers.

Steve Bruce and Roy Keane both had their own thoughts on the game, lets see what they had to say:

Steve Bruce Latics boss:

'It is very enjoyable to come and win a game any time against quality opposition, a big Premier League team. It was very nice.'

'The half-empty stadium epitomises the whole thing. I never thought the FA Cup would see half-empty stadiums, unfortunately, but there it is.

'It is not until you get to the later rounds that it has that sparkle again which we obviously enjoyed. It used to be fantastic, didn't it? Absolutely.

'Most people, to be fair to them, buy their season tickets and it is such an awful lot of money to watch Premier League football now that if you have to pay again after Christmas, a lot of people cannot afford to do that.'

Roy Keane Sunderland boss:

'I feel pretty ashamed at that. Sunderland losing 3-0 at home to Wigan is hard to take. The fans are intelligent, I can understand their feeling.

'It was a game we wanted to win and we haven't cut corners. I wish I could say I played the kids and fringe players but I can't hide behind that. I didn't see this coming. I felt before the game I'd put out a team to win it. But it's not good enough.'

"I know there have been lots of comments about the FA Cup this week, but it is a major disappointment, I have to say."

'For us to lose 3-0 at home to Wigan, it is not nice. The three goals we conceded today were not good enough, really.'

Well there you have it Keane reckons Sunderland shouldn`t be losing 3-0 at home to Wigan?

Well who should you be losing 3-0 at home to Roy?

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 6 2008

Time: 11:03AM

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Bruce talking sense about the crowd issue...maybe season ticket holders could be given free admission to 3rd and 4th round matches?
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06/01/2008 11:08:00

i think thats a good idea. its a problem that certainly needs looking at
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06/01/2008 12:23:00

We got you in the FA Cup, best of luck to you lot, we all look forward to beating you soon. :)
Blue is the colour
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07/01/2008 14:43:00

We'll see, if we can put you lot out we could go all the way!
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07/01/2008 18:12:00


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