Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has told The Northern Echo that he would love to see his side get drawn against a Premier League side in the Carabao Cup quarter finals after beating Queens Park Rangers last night.
The Black Cats progressed through to the next round of the competition at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in slightly fortuitous circumstances thanks to a dubious offside call against QPR’s Charlie Austin, when the striker appeared to be well onside as he bundled the ball home from close range.
However it wasn’t to be for the West Londoners as Yoann Barbet missed decisive spot kick as the game was decided on penalties, with the North East outfit now looking ahead to a potentially lucrative quarter final tie.
Speaking after the game, Johnson was quick to admit that he would love to see his side get pitted against a top flight opponent when the draw is made:
“It would be another big part of the story (if they drew one of the big boys) and the narrative that we’re trying to create.
“The reality is that we’ve got to stretch what we’re doing.”
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The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea also both progressed to the next round last night, whilst the Black Cats could also be joined by Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City, who all play this evening in the cup.
Soccer AM will host the draw for the Carabao Cup quarter finals this Saturday at 10:30am.
Last night’s win was certainly the stuff of dreams for many a Sunderland fan as they saw off a team from the league above and they will now be looking hopefully towards Saturday’s draw.
A big home tie against one of the Premier League’s elite sides would certainly send their imaginations into overdrive and it could be a game that puts Sunderland back on the map.
Johnson would certainly back his players to turn up and their performance in a game of that magnitude would indicate exactly where they are at in terms of progression and development.
For now though their focus will remain on getting promotion, as that as always, remains to be the priority.